sar·​co·​ma | \ sär-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce sarcoma (audio) \
plural sarcomas also sarcomata\ sär-​ˈkō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce sarcomata (audio) \

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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Other Words from sarcoma

sarcomatous \ sär-​ˈkō-​mə-​təs How to pronounce sarcomatous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sarcoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Honoring the life of the daughter of Barbara Carr and writer Dave Marsh, who died in 1993 of sarcoma (a type of cancer), the fund supports research, education for young physicians and efforts to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2019 Women In Music Top Executives," 12 Dec. 2019 There are different types of uterine cancer, but the two main ones to know are endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma. Erika Stallings, SELF, "Why Are Uterine Cancer Rates Rising So Drastically in Black Women?," 6 Nov. 2019 Oskar Lindblom, a forward for the Flyers, was with his teammates last week when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones, according to Mayo Clinic. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Philadelphia Flyers' Oskar Lindblom Diagnosed with Rare Cancer: 'Every Win' Is 'for Him'," 18 Dec. 2019 Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones., "Gregorius gets $14M," 15 Dec. 2019 Ewing sarcoma is a cancer in the bones that can also develop in the soft tissue surrounding bones. David Close And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "NHLer Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with rare bone cancer," 14 Dec. 2019 Two of the patients have multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, and the third has a sarcoma, cancer that forms in connective or soft tissue. NBC News, "Doctors try CRISPR gene editing for cancer, a 1st in the US," 6 Nov. 2019 The drug is a mainstay for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, as well as lymphoma, neuroblastoma, nephroblastoma and some sarcomas and brain tumors. Todd Ackerman,, "Texas hospitals scramble to cope with shortage of pediatric cancer drug," 25 Oct. 2019 Dozens of children and young adults have been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma and other forms of cancer in a four-county area outside Pittsburgh, where energy companies have drilled more than 3,500 wells since 2008., "Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health impact - The Boston Globe," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sarcoma.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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sar·​co·​ma | \ sär-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce sarcoma (audio) \
plural sarcomas also sarcomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce sarcomata (audio) \

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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