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)

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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 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

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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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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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