small-cell lung cancer

noun
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

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

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1975

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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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