myxoma

noun
myx·​o·​ma | \ mik-ˈsō-mə How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \
plural myxomas also myxomata\ mik-​ˈsō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \

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 \ mik-​ˈsō-​mə-​təs How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \ adjective

Examples of myxoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grant McFadden has spent over two decades studying the myxoma virus. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "An ASU researcher is working on a virus that's harmless to humans, but kills cancer cells," 10 May 2020 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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“Myxoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myxoma. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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myxoma

noun
myx·​o·​ma | \ mik-ˈsō-mə How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \
plural myxomas also myxomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \

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 How to pronounce myxoma (audio) \ adjective

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