squamous cell carcinoma

noun

Definition of squamous cell carcinoma

:a carcinoma that is made up of or arises from squamous cells and usually occurs in areas of the body exposed to strong sunlight over many years

First Known Use of squamous cell carcinoma

1907


Medical Dictionary

squamous cell carcinoma

noun
variants: or squamous-cell carcinoma

medical Definition of squamous cell carcinoma

:a carcinoma that is made up of or arises from squamous cells and usually occurs in areas of the body exposed to strong sunlight over a period of many years
  • More often than not, skin cancers turn out to be basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma; both are “nonmelanomas” and are usually not fatal.
  • —Claudia KalbNewsweek21 June 1999
  • More than 90 percent of esophageal cancers are either squamous-cell carcinomas or adenocarcinomas.
  • —Peter C. Enzinger and Robert J. MayerThe New England Journal of Medicine4 Dec. 2003

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