me·​so·​the·​li·​o·​ma | \ ˌme-zə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə, ˌmē-, -sə-\
plural mesotheliomas also mesotheliomata\ -​mə-​tə \

Definition of mesothelioma

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

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In more recent cases, plaintiffs allege asbestos in the powder is to blame for mesothelioma, as well as for ovarian cancer. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Slammed by Concern Over Baby Powder Safety," 17 Dec. 2018 Implications for consumers now Cancers like mesotheliomas can take decades to appear after exposure, so even if talc in the ’80s, ’90s, and today has been relatively asbestos-free, old exposure could have consequences in the present. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 Soon thereafter 15 of them were dead, 14 from asbestosis or mesothelioma. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 An unknown number of consumers claim that J&J’s talc products caused mesothelioma. Jef Feeley,, "J&J Faces High-Stakes Trial Over 22 Women's Talc Claims," 6 June 2018 Plaintiffs’ lawyers have argued that talc causes mesothelioma in other cases, including a California lawsuit in which a jury awarded a woman $25.75 million and a South Carolina case that ended in a hung jury. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 Nearly 1,000 people have died from mesothelioma in Indiana between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "'Tragic consequences': new bill could rob asbestos disease victims of rights to seek justice," 25 Feb. 2018 The use of asbestos in the United States has decreased dramatically in recent decades as links to health effects such as mesothelioma and lung cancer have come into focus. Eli Rosenberg,, "Asbestos sold by Russian company is branded with Trump's face," 11 July 2018 Jorge Cortez, 56, died from complications of mesothelioma in June 2017 after a stay in Galveston County Jail. Houston Chronicle, "Family alleges negligence led to man's death in Galveston County jail," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of mesothelioma

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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me·​so·​the·​li·​o·​ma | \ ˌmez-ə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə, ˌmēz-, ˌmēs-, ˌmes- \
plural mesotheliomas also mesotheliomata\ -​mət-​ə \

Medical Definition of mesothelioma

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

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