small-cell lung cancer

noun

Definition of small-cell lung cancer

: cancer of a highly malignant form that affects the lungs, tends to metastasize to other parts of the body, and is characterized by small round or oval cells which resemble oat grains and have little cytoplasm

called also small-cell carcinoma

Examples of small-cell lung cancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company also plans to initiate Phase 2a expansion studies for zotatifin, a small-molecule inhibitor for patients with breast cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer in the second half of 2021. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2021 He has just been diagnosed with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer. Amitha Kalaichandran, Wired, 26 Mar. 2021 In recent years, the researchers found, deaths from non-small cell lung cancer have decreased much more quickly than new cases, whereas small-cell lung cancer deaths have decreased at about the same rate as incidence. Norman E. Sharpless, STAT, 13 Aug. 2020 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Small-cell lung cancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small-cell%20lung%20cancer. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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small-cell lung cancer

noun

Medical Definition of small-cell lung cancer

: cancer of a highly malignant form that affects the lungs, tends to metastasize to other parts of the body, and is characterized by small round or oval cells resembling oat grains and having a high ratio of nuclear protoplasm to cytoplasm

called also oat-cell cancer, oat-cell carcinoma, small-cell carcinoma, small-cell lung carcinoma

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