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nonmelanoma

noun non·mel·a·no·ma \ -ˌmel-ə-ˈnō-mə \
variants: or non-melanoma

medical Definition of nonmelanoma

:a tumor that is not a melanoma :cancer that does not begin in melanocytes
  • Most skin cancers are nonmelanomas, which rarely spread to other parts of the body.
  • —Jim RitterThe Chicago Sun-Times1 Aug. 2005
often used before another noun
  • The American Cancer Society says that each year more than 1 million new non-melanoma skin-cancer cases are reported …
  • —Stacy PermanTime12 July 2004

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