rhab·​do·​myo·​sar·​co·​ma ˈrab-(ˌ)dō-ˌmī-ə-sär-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce rhabdomyosarcoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor composed of striated muscle fibers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mummy of a Chilean boy had a rare tumor called a rhabdomyosarcoma on his face, and nine Peruvian mummies bore the marks of melanoma. George Johnson, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2013 In 2012, Caleb Lynn was diagnosed with stage three rhabdomyosarcoma — a cancer in the skeletal muscles — and three days before his dad’s first game as Cedar Hill’s head coach in 2017, Caleb underwent more than 16 hours of surgery to remove a tumor. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2021 The extra effort paid off for Rachel Pitts, whose 2-year-old daughter, Jenna Dzharoyan, was being treated for complications of rhabdomyosarcoma over Christmas. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2020 Doctors told the family Chloe had alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in the soft tissue of skeletal muscle, or in organs such as the bladder or uterus. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 18 Dec. 2019 Weston Newsanger, of Pennsylvania, was treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital for rhabdomyosarcoma after his diagnosis in 2016. Fox News, 5 Oct. 2019 More than 70 percent of children diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma that has not spread have long-term survival, according to St. Jude. Fox News, 5 Oct. 2019 Garrett of Van Meter, a city of about a thousand people 20 miles west of Des Moines, was first diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma in September. Makayla Tendall, ajc, 13 July 2018 There are about 350 new cases of rhabdomyosarcoma in the country each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Cydney Henderson, azcentral, 27 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History


borrowed from German Rhabdomyosarkom, from rhabdo- rhabdo- + myo- myo- + Sarkom sarcoma

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhabdomyosarcoma was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Rhabdomyosarcoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhabdomyosarcoma. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


rhab·​do·​myo·​sar·​co·​ma ˈrab-(ˌ)dō-ˌmī-ə-sär-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce rhabdomyosarcoma (audio)
plural rhabdomyosarcomas also rhabdomyosarcomata -mət-ə How to pronounce rhabdomyosarcoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor composed of striated muscle fibers

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