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)

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South Bay city official dies Dave Knapp, who managed the Town of Los Gatos and the City of Cupertino before closing out his career in Illinois, died June 19 after battling pleural mesothelioma. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino community briefs for the week of July 5," 26 June 2019 The company filed for chapter 11 protection Wednesday after spending tens of millions of dollars to defend itself against lawsuits alleging its talcum powder causes ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Katy Stech Ferek And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Talc Supplier Files for Bankruptcy," 13 Feb. 2019 Inhaling or consuming asbestos can lead to serious respiratory diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "FDA finds asbestos in more cosmetics from Claire's Stores and Beauty Plus Global," 7 June 2019 Less than a week before, a jury in Oakland, Calif., awarded $29 million to a woman who claimed her mesothelioma was caused by asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder. Arthur W. Lambert, WSJ, "What Causes Cancer? It’s Complicated," 1 Apr. 2019 There are fewer studies examining mesothelioma risk due to talcum powder. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 By mid-century, when product lines of asbestos had grown more than ever, the disease became increasingly associated with two diseases: lung cancer and a once-obscure form of cancer, mesothelioma. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the thin layer of tissue covering your internal organs, most often the lungs. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 Health organizations globally recognize asbestos as a carcinogen, causing cancers like mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, especially among people like miners, construction workers, and factory employees who have been exposed to it in large quantities. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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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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