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[glahy-oh-muh] /glaɪˈoʊ mə/
noun, plural gliomas, gliomata
[glahy-oh-muh-tuh] /glaɪˈoʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA)
a tumor of the brain composed of neuroglia.
Origin of glioma
From New Latin, dating back to 1865-70; See origin at glia, -oma
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[glahy-oh-muh-tuh s, -om-uh-] /glaɪˈoʊ mə təs, -ˈɒm ə-/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -mata (-mətə), -mas
a tumour of the brain and spinal cord, composed of neuroglia cells and fibres
Derived Forms
gliomatous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek glia glue + -oma
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Word Origin and History for glioma

type of brain tumor, 1870, medical Latin, literally "glue tumor," from Greek glia "glue" + -oma.

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glioma in Medicine

glioma gli·o·ma (glē-ō'mə, glī-)
n. pl. gli·o·mas or gli·o·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A tumor that originates in the neuroglia of the brain or the spinal cord.

gli·om'a·tous (-ŏm'ə-təs, -ō'mə-) adj.
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