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

Examples of oncology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At BioScrip, the pharmacists developed a specialty in oncology, hepatitis C, HIV and multiple sclerosis. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new pharmacy in Shorewood specializes in helping people with unique health care needs," 13 Apr. 2020 But that concern is largely misplaced, said Dr. Dennis Slamon, chief of hematology and oncology at UCLA. Joel Rubinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions," 12 Apr. 2020 LifeBridge’s head of oncology, who sews, trained 40 staff members how to make the masks, said Durand, the radiologist. Brian Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation," 4 Apr. 2020 Corey Miller is a Seattle oncology researcher whose husband, Timothy, had surgery for colon cancer last year, and was due for a colonoscopy this month. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "With surgeries delayed, patients wait with anxiety — some in pain — as hospitals make way for coronavirus cases," 30 Mar. 2020 Perez, who worked weekend shifts at the oncology unit at Somerset Medical Center, was familiar with OxyContin. Gerald Posner, Wired, "The Mom Who Took on Purdue Pharma for Its OxyContin Marketing," 23 Mar. 2020 In an email to the radiation oncology department of the medical center, which was obtained by The Dallas Morning News, Robert Timmerman, a professor in the department, said the exposure happened at a conference on the UTSW campus Wednesday morning. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Five UT Southwestern faculty in quarantine after exposure to new coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 To help other women ⁠— fellow cancer patients, yes, but also working moms with a lot on their plates ⁠— gain their own sense of control, Kelly and Robert, an oncology nurse, launched SaltyGirl in September 2017. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "This Breast Cancer Survivor and Her Sister Are 'Empowering Women' with Their All-Natural Makeup," 1 Oct. 2019 Third are symptomatic individuals, especially older adults and people at risk of getting sick quickly, such as oncology patients. Sean Gregory, Time, "Why Can the Utah Jazz Get Coronavirus Testing, But I Can't?," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oncology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncology. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 oncological (audio) \ also oncologic \ -​ik How to pronounce oncologic (audio) \ adjective

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