mesothelioma

noun
me·​so·​the·​li·​o·​ma | \ ˌme-zə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə How to pronounce mesothelioma (audio) , ˌmē-, -sə- \
plural mesotheliomas also mesotheliomata\ ˌme-​zə-​ˌthē-​lē-​ˈō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce mesotheliomata (audio) , ˌmē-​ , -​sə-​ \

Definition of mesothelioma

: a usually malignant tumor derived from mesothelial tissue (such as that lining the peritoneum or pleura)

Examples of mesothelioma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fields has mesothelioma, according to Moore-Fields. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona governor frees three terminally ill inmates," 7 Apr. 2020 On Monday, an unusual mid-trial settlement was announced in an Oakland, California, case involving a woman who claimed asbestos in the powder caused her mesothelioma, a cancer that can affect the lungs and other organs. Washington Post, "Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder & cancer," 7 Jan. 2020 The lawyers represent four people who alleged in lawsuits that J&J’s talc powders contained asbestos and that their use of the powders caused a cancer of the lungs known as mesothelioma. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "For First Time, J&J CEO Testifies in a Talcum-Powder Court Case," 27 Jan. 2020 On Monday, an unusual mid-trial settlement was announced in an Oakland, California, case involving a woman who claimed asbestos in the powder caused her mesothelioma, a cancer that can affect the lungs and other organs. Washington Post, "Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder & cancer," 7 Jan. 2020 About 16,800 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against J&J in U.S. state and federal courts alleging the company’s talcum powders caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, and J&J failed to properly warn consumers of this risk. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "N.J. Jury Orders J&J to Pay $750 Million in Punitive Damages in Latest Baby Powder Verdict," 6 Feb. 2020 The jury, however, voted Thursday that J&J’s conduct caused harm to the plaintiffs, who got mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, and that the conduct was either malicious or in wanton and willful disregard of their rights. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "N.J. Jury Orders J&J to Pay $750 Million in Punitive Damages in Latest Baby Powder Verdict," 6 Feb. 2020 Prolonged exposure to asbestos has also been linked to cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to some medical studies. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Johnson & Johnson stock falls after asbestos found in baby powder," 18 Oct. 2019 But the connection between asbestos inhalation and mesothelioma is well-established. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Study finds no link between talc and ovarian cancer, but don’t expect the lawsuits to stop," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mesothelioma

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesothelioma

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“Mesothelioma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesothelioma. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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mesothelioma

noun
me·​so·​the·​li·​o·​ma | \ ˌmez-ə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə, ˌmēz-, ˌmēs-, ˌmes- How to pronounce mesothelioma (audio) \
plural mesotheliomas also mesotheliomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce mesotheliomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of mesothelioma

: a tumor derived from mesothelial tissue (as that lining the peritoneum or pleura)

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