on·​col·​o·​gy | \ än-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce oncology (audio) , äŋ- \

Definition of oncology

: a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and study of cancer

Other Words from oncology

oncological \ ˌäŋ-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce oncology (audio) \ or oncologic \ ˌäŋ-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce oncology (audio) \ adjective
oncologist \ än-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce oncology (audio) , äŋ-​ \ noun

Examples of oncology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Desperate, Brown called on her connections from her previous work as a nurse, first in oncology and later in hospice. Barbara J. King, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Andrews has a background in medical surgical, oncology and obstetric nursing. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 26 Apr. 2022 The search for a new editor was led by Otis Brawley, a Black professor of oncology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University whose research focuses on closing racial, economic, and social disparities in medicine. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 The company is developing nine vaccines and 13 therapeutic candidates in areas including immuno-oncology and rare diseases. Trefis Team, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 True enough, an oncology nurse, a resort owner and others start getting knocked off. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2022 Amy Forde, an oncology infusion nurse who treated Davis at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in Warrenville, said humor can help patients feel like themselves. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Maria Ambrocio, 58, was taken off life support on Saturday after suffering a head injury that left her brain dead, the oncology nurse’s brother Carlito Spa Maria told the New York Post. Fox News, 10 Oct. 2021 Paice, an oncology nurse, was the lead author of a set of 2016 guidelines for managing chronic pain in cancer survivors. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of oncology

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oncology

onco- + -logy

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“Oncology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncology. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for oncology


on·​col·​o·​gy | \ än-ˈkäl-ə-jē, äŋ- How to pronounce oncology (audio) \
plural oncologies

Medical Definition of oncology

: a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and study of cancer

Other Words from oncology

oncological \ ˌäŋ-​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce oncology (audio) \ also oncologic \ -​ik How to pronounce oncology (audio) \ adjective

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