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[mahy-uh-loh-muh] /ˌmaɪ əˈloʊ mə/
noun, plural myelomas, myelomata
[mahy-uh-loh-muh-tuh] /ˌmaɪ əˈloʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA).
a tumor of plasma cells, arising in bone marrow, and often occurring at multiple sites, as in the vertebrae and flat skull bones.
Compare multiple myeloma.
Origin of myeloma
First recorded in 1855-60; myel- + -oma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for myeloma
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  • New growths include the fibroma, the myxoma, the myeloma or giant-celled tumour, and various forms of sarcoma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • In many respects the X-ray appearances resemble those of myeloma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The majority would appear to be the result of changes in a sarcoma, endothelioma, or myeloma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The myeloma is also to be diagnosed from chondroma, from sarcoma, and from osteomyelitis fibrosa cystica.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for myeloma


noun (pl) -mas, -mata (-mətə)
a usually malignant tumour of the bone marrow or composed of cells normally found in bone marrow
Derived Forms
myelomatoid, adjective
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Word Origin and History for myeloma

1857, from comb. form of Greek myelos "marrow" + -oma.

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myeloma in Medicine

myeloma my·e·lo·ma (mī'ə-lō'mə)
n. pl. my·e·lo·mas or my·e·lo·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A tumor composed of cells derived from hemopoietic tissues of the bone marrow.

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