neu·​ro·​blas·​to·​ma ˌnu̇r-ō-bla-ˈstō-mə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio)
plural neuroblastomas also neuroblastomata ˌnu̇r-ō-bla-ˈstō-mə-tə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor formed of embryonic ganglion cells

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The boy died in 2011 after a nine-month battle with neuroblastoma, just a few days short of his fourth birthday. Lauren Huff,, 12 May 2023 Shashank Sirsi talked to her about his research studying neuroblastoma in children. Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2022 As Koop had hoped, Dr. Evans succeeded in standardizing treatment for neuroblastoma. Margaret Foster,, 30 Sep. 2022 Devon Still announced in June 2014 that Leah, who was four years old at the time, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that occurs most often in infants and young children, per the American Cancer Society. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2023 Among them, $24,782 was raised for pancreatic cancer treatment for a patient at Hartford Hospital, $15,035 for a patient with neuroblastoma at the Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford, and $9,700 raised for a 9-year-old who was treated at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for a tumor. Sujata Srinivasan,, 21 Dec. 2021 Sanu and Devon Still played together in Cincinnati from 2012 to 2014 - while Leah fought courageously through treatment of Stage 4 neuroblastoma - after the Bengals selected Still in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and took Sanu in the third round. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


neuroblast "embryonic ganglion cell" (from neuro- + -blast) + -oma

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuroblastoma was in 1910

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“Neuroblastoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​blas·​to·​ma ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-blas-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio)
plural neuroblastomas also neuroblastomata -mət-ə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor formed of embryonic ganglion cells
neuroblastomal adjective

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