neu·​ro·​blas·​to·​ma | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-bla-ˈstō-mə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \
plural neuroblastomas also neuroblastomata\ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​bla-​ˈstō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \

Definition of neuroblastoma

: a malignant tumor formed of embryonic ganglion cells

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Recent Examples on the Web Mutated forms of the gene and protein have been found in non-small cell lung cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma and neuroblastoma, a brain cancer. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Scientists say they may have found a skinny gene," 21 May 2020 Mom comes to the rescue Rhett was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in February 2019. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Virtual pet therapy, a floor for potential cases: How children’s hospitals responded to coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020 Matthew has battled Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells, with chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, stem cell transplants, radiation treatment and months of immunotherapy. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 The 11-year-old Northport resident died on Dec. 14 after a 14-month struggle against neuroblastoma. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Christian Miller loses ‘little brother’ to cancer," 26 Dec. 2019 Leah was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and given a 50 percent chance of survival. NBC News, "Former NFL star Devon Still celebrates daughter, Leah, being 5 years cancer free," 8 Jan. 2019 Sean underwent stem cell therapy after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that develops from nerve cells. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Cancer patients' stem cells destroyed after freezer fails at Children's Hospital Los Angeles," 26 Sep. 2019 Steve had raised several thousand dollars for her family, and Avalynn, who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three, wanted to give back. Michelle Matthews |, al, "When it comes to raising money for kids with cancer, this guy takes the cake," 15 Jan. 2020 Murphy first revealed his son had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2018, shortly after Ford’s fourth birthday Ryan Murphy has some exciting news to share about his youngest son Ford’s health. Maria Pasquini,, "Ryan Murphy Announces that His Son Ford, 5, Is ‘Cancer Free’: ‘I Am So Proud’," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of neuroblastoma

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuroblastoma

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

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The first known use of neuroblastoma was in 1910

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“Neuroblastoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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) \

Medical Definition of neuroblastoma

: a malignant tumor formed of embryonic ganglion cells

Other Words from neuroblastoma

neuroblastomal \ -​ˈtō-​məl How to pronounce neuroblastoma (audio) \ adjective

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