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

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The company will establish an access program to allow some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma—a cancer that develops in connective tissue including muscle—to continue taking the drug with limited interruption after it’s withdrawn from the market. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Eli Lilly to Pull Cancer Drug From Market After Failed Study," 25 Apr. 2019 Two cancer patients participating in a study with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are being treated for myeloma and sarcoma with the technique. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR Tests For The First Time," 17 Apr. 2019 Karen Ledger already did yoga before she was diagnosed with sarcoma. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018 Noah Holloway, 18, had just wrapped his first year at Central Michigan University when he was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, Fox 2 Detroit reported. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "College student discovers sports injury is actually rare cancer," 16 July 2018 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

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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 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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