myxoma

noun
myx·​o·​ma | \mik-ˈsō-mə \
plural myxomas also myxomata\-​mə-​tə \

Definition of myxoma 

: a soft tumor made up of gelatinous connective tissue like that of the umbilical cord

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Other Words from myxoma

myxomatous \-​mə-​təs \ adjective

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An atrial myxoma is a rare non-cancerous tumor that grows on the heart and, if caught, can be easily removed. Jenny Mollen, Marie Claire, "Actress and Author Jenny Mollen Opens Up About Her Family's Scary Health Crisis," 17 July 2017 An atrial myxoma is a rare non-cancerous tumor that grows on the heart and, if caught, can be easily removed. Jenny Mollen, Marie Claire, "Actress and Author Jenny Mollen Opens Up About Her Family's Scary Health Crisis," 17 July 2017 Melyssa had a myxoma, a benign but extremely aggressive tumor. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Surgeons Remove a Rare Tumor After Finding Toddler's Desperate Family Online," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of myxoma

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myxoma

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek mýxa "nasal discharge, slime" + New Latin -oma -oma — more at myxo-

Note: Term introduced by Rudolf Virchow in "Ein Fall von bösartigen, zum Theil in der Form des Neuroms auftretenden Fettgeschwülsten," Archiv für pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für klinische Medicin, Band 11 (1857), p. 287: "…im Anfange der Bildung konnte man sie als Schleimgeschwulst (Tumor mucosus, Myxoma) bezeichen." ("…in the early stages of formation one could designate it as a mucous tumor (tumor mucosus, myxoma.") Later in the same paper he uses the vernacular form Myxom.

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The first known use of myxoma was in 1870

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myxoma

noun
myx·​o·​ma | \mik-ˈsō-mə \
plural myxomas also myxomata\-​mət-​ə \

Medical Definition of myxoma 

: a soft tumor made up of gelatinous connective tissue resembling that found in the umbilical cord

Other Words from myxoma

myxomatous \-​mət-​əs \ adjective

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