sar·co·ma | \sär-ˈkō-mə \
plural sarcomas also sarcomata\sär-ˈkō-mə-tə \

Definition of sarcoma 

: a malignant tumor arising in tissue (such as connective tissue, bone, cartilage, or striated muscle) of mesodermal origin

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sarcomatous \sär-ˈkō-mə-təs \ adjective

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Doctors diagnosed Andrews with a rare, slow-growing tumor, known as a low-grade myxoid sarcoma – a cancerous mass – that has the potential to spread and can ultimately be deadly. Michelle Boudin,, "North Carolina Mom Has Foot Amputated After Discovering Tumor During Pedicure," 13 Apr. 2018 Doctors discovered synovial sarcoma in his left lung. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Dying Florida teen gets his wish: She said ‘yes’ to a Sunday wedding," 27 Jan. 2018 Thomas, who has a rare form of cancer known as a sarcoma, had 11 surgeries in the last three years at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago which had a C rating from Leapfrog. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Trump administration rule would stop public reporting of hospital infections despite mounting death toll," 19 June 2018 Methotrexate, in addition to its key role in treating leukemia, is incorporated in treatment protocols for everything from sarcoma to certain lymphomas to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018 Soft tissue sarcomas are challenging to treat in dogs and humans. Amy Sutherland,, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 16 May 2018 The New York Times reports on Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare cancer that has mysteriously surfaced in 41 gay men. Jennifer Conrad, New York Times, "What Happened in New York Between 1981 and 1983," 17 Apr. 2018 Daisy’s Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that mostly affects children, had returned. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "‘Daisies for Daisy’: 11-year-old battling cancer is showered with birthday gifts from strangers," 16 Apr. 2018 Crump shows off a different side of his personality with his agile quartet Rhombal, which formed as a response to the death of his brother, Patrick, from an aggressive sarcoma. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Bassist Stephan Crump ushers a muscular grace into the music of his limber quartet Rhombal," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sarcoma

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcoma

borrowed from New Latin sarcōmat-, sarcōma "fleshy excrescence, tumor," borrowed from Greek sárkōma "fleshy excrescence," from sarkō-, stem of sarkoûn "to make fleshy, (middle voice) to become fleshy" (verbal derivative of sark-, sárx "flesh, piece of meat") + -ma, resultative noun suffix — more at sarco-

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sar·co·ma | \sär-ˈkō-mə \
plural sarcomas also sarcomata\-mət-ə \

Medical Definition of sarcoma 

: a malignant tumor arising in tissue of mesodermal origin (as connective tissue, bone, cartilage, or striated muscle) that spreads by extension into neighboring tissue or by way of the bloodstream — compare carcinoma

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