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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Additionally, Cady was diagnosed with stage four peritoneal mesothelioma in May, and was on the sidelines on Thursday one day removed from chemotherapy treatment. Shawn Mcfarland,, "High school football: Newcomers step up as an undermanned Berlin squad edges Tolland 14-8," 13 Sep. 2019 Juries have awarded millions of dollars in high-profile cases that linked Johnson & Johnson baby powder products to cases of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Other cases allege that the powder is tied to mesothelioma. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Bringing Up Baby’s Market Share at J&J," 27 Oct. 2018 If not handled correctly, asbestos fibers when breathed become trapped in lung tissue and can cause mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Kevin Grasha,, "Asbestos cleanup at former Lawrence County power plant to cost millions," 3 Sep. 2019 Questions about the product’s safety have led to more than 14,000 lawsuits from consumers asserting that the company’s talc caused their ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a rare form of the disease linked to asbestos exposure. Washington Post, "VW, Ford join in broad robocar partnership," 13 July 2019 Questions about its safety have led to more than 14,000 lawsuits from consumers asserting that the company's talc products caused their ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a rare form of the disease linked to asbestos exposure. Jef Feeley,, "J&J faces criminal investigation over baby powder’s potential cancer risks," 12 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of mesothelioma

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesothelioma

New Latin

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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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