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

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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 Overall, oncology and immunology drugs will be the key growth driver for J&J in the near term, in our view. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Can Johnson & Johnson Stock Rise Post Q1 Results?," 19 Apr. 2021 Eli Lilly works to treat various conditions such as diabetes and also focuses on oncology and biomedicine therapeutics. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy's battle against migraines shows his toughness outside of the pool," 16 Apr. 2021 Howell was a physician and pioneer in pediatric hematology, oncology and community medicine who founded San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine in 1977. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, March 18," 18 Mar. 2021 Portage's entire business model is sourcing, acquiring, and partnering with the most promising early-stage immuno-oncology drug companies. Brant Pinvidic, Forbes, "How To Find The Right Partner," 5 Apr. 2021 The additional cash will be used to finance three infectious disease and immuno-oncology programs that seek to treat chronic hepatitis B virus, human papillomavirus, and prostate cancer. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The startup behind a COVID-19 vaccine gears up for an IPO," 17 Mar. 2021 When finished, the $31 million facility will have 35,000 square feet and two floors offering both radiation and medical oncology. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "University Hospitals building new cancer center in Avon," 1 Mar. 2021 Kat LaCombe is a retired oncology nurse with 28 years experience and has responded to some of the criticism in a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. David Williams, CNN, "Sign at Texas restaurant threatens a $50 fee 'If I have to explain why masks are mandatory'," 20 Mar. 2021 Soriot brought a new mindset to AstraZeneca, focusing on making research and development bets, particularly in oncology. Nathan Vardi, Forbes, "AstraZeneca’s Pascal Soriot Was The Hottest CEO In Pharma. Now He’s In The Hot Seat.," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of oncology was circa 1857

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25 Apr 2021

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“Oncology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncology. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oncology

medical : the study and treatment of cancer and tumors


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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