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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While most people are familiar with squamous cell carcinoma as a skin cancer, Corbin's Dr. Jonathan Jelmini says this is an entirely different beast. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 The cause was squamous cell carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, her brother Gustavo Gatti said. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 Carlson, 67, was diagnosed with stage four metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in October 2021. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 And occurrences of squamous cell carcinoma and various lymphomas after breast implants appear to be rare, Ashar wrote. Erin Prater, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 His first bout with cancer began when, during the 2001 Iditarod, Mackey discovered a lump in his neck that was later diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma, according to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame write-up. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 Magallanes was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2022 Wendy Olsoff, a founder of the P.P.O.W. gallery in TriBeCa, said the cause was an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma. New York Times, 3 July 2022 The musician is currently battling stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma, but friends, bandmates and local businesses are banding together to raise money to help with his expensive treatment. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of squamous cell carcinoma was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Squamous cell carcinoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squamous%20cell%20carcinoma. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

squamous cell carcinoma


variants or 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 Kalb, Newsweek
More than 90 percent of esophageal cancers are either squamous-cell carcinomas or adenocarcinomas. Peter C. Enzinger and Robert J. Mayer, The New England Journal of Medicine

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