my·​e·​lo·​ma | \ ˌmī-ə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce myeloma (audio) \
plural myelomas also myelomata\ ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce myelomata (audio) \

Definition of myeloma

: a primary tumor of the bone marrow

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Other Words from myeloma

myelomatous \ ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlō-​mə-​təs How to pronounce myelomatous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of myeloma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Multiple myeloma therapy Darzalex brought in $1.1 billion in third-quarter revenue, the company said Tuesday in a statement, beating analysts’ expectation of $1 billion. Riley Griffin,, "J&J Shares Slip as Covid-19 Trial Pause Overshadows Outlook," 13 Oct. 2020 Roundup users that blame the product for causing their multiple-myeloma cancers get nothing under the settlement. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer reaches verbal deal to settle up to 85,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits," 25 May 2020 That meant myeloma, melanoma, and sarcoma patients who had failed other therapies and who had progressed far enough that potentially life-threatening risks weren't a problem. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First clinical trial of gene editing to help target cancer," 6 Feb. 2020 The second quarter recipient will be Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which raises funds to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Local charities set to benefit from change at Market Street in Woodlands," 14 Jan. 2020 These include colon, breast, kidney, myeloma, and liver cancer, as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma and endometrial cancer. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Study Finds Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of 7 Different Cancers," 27 Dec. 2019 Among both men and women, the risk of kidney cancer was reduced by up to 17 percent, liver cancer by up to 27 percent and myeloma by up to 19 percent. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Exercise linked to lower risk of 7 cancers, study finds," 26 Dec. 2019 According to the American Cancer Society, some 13,000 Americans die annually from multiple myeloma — commonly referred to as myeloma and first documented in 1844. Larry Luxner,, "Israel gives new hope to patients with multiple myeloma," 27 Aug. 2019 After being diagnosed with myeloma in 1981, Gary was treated by several outstanding medical teams, including those at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Mt. Sinai Cancer Center in New York and UConn Health in Farmington, CT., "Gary G. Benanav," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of myeloma

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myeloma

New Latin

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24 Oct 2020

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“Myeloma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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my·​e·​lo·​ma | \ ˌmī-ə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce myeloma (audio) \
plural myelomas also myelomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce myelomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of myeloma

: a primary tumor of the bone marrow formed of any one of the bone marrow cells (as myelocytes or plasma cells) and usually involving several different bones at the same time — see multiple myeloma

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