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 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 Two cancer patients participating in a study with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are being treated for myeloma and sarcoma with the technique. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR Tests For The First Time," 17 Apr. 2019 Celgene leads the market for multiple-myeloma treatments, but its top-selling drug, Revlimid, is expected to face competition from generics in 2022. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Bristol-Myers Reports Higher Sales but Another Lung-Cancer Setback," 24 Jan. 2019 But using the patient’s own stem cells was also risky because they might be contaminated with myeloma cells. Marie Mccullough,, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 Finding blood cancer Blood cancers include leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Claire Altschuler,, "Racing against cancer: New efforts to save lives with early detection," 21 May 2018 The new frontier is CAR T-cell therapy, in which doctors remove immune cells, engineer them into cancer assassins and reinject them back into the bloodstream to go after liquid tumors, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Immunotherapy that turns cells into cancer assassins named top advance," 31 Jan. 2018 Bone marrow donations can be used in the treatment of life-threatening conditions, such as leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Real Housewives' Star Stephanie Hollman Says Donating Bone Marrow Was as Simple as Donating Blood," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of myeloma was in 1949

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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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