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

Definition of sarcoma

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

Other Words from sarcoma

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

Examples of sarcoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uterine sarcoma is a rare type of uterine cancer that forms in muscle or other tissues of the uterus. Jenny Mccoy,, 2 Feb. 2022 Visit the Little Warrior Foundation website to learn more about Ewing sarcoma and to learn how to help. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 Our nephew, Isaac, died of sarcoma in 2020 on Valentine’s Day. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 By far the most common type of uterine sarcoma, this cancer can grow and spread quickly. Jenny Mccoy,, 2 Feb. 2022 He was diagnosed with Epithelioid sarcoma, a rare, soft tissue cancer, at the age of 11. cleveland, 17 Feb. 2022 Trevor Madrid died after a years-long fight with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that is found in soft tissue. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2022 As with endometrial cancer, treatment for uterine sarcoma is not one-size-fits-all. Jenny Mccoy,, 2 Feb. 2022 Ham, who had over 800,0000 subscribers on her channel with some videos reaching over 5 million views, said in an August 2020 blog post she was diagnosed with epithelioid angiomyolipoma, which is part of the sarcoma family of cancers. NBC News, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Sarcoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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sar·​co·​ma | \ sär-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce sarcoma (audio) \
plural sarcomas also sarcomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce sarcoma (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 — see also ewing's sarcoma, kaposi's sarcoma, osteosarcoma, rous sarcoma, spindle-cell sarcoma — compare carcinoma

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