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[sahr-koh-muh] /sɑrˈkoʊ mə/
noun, plural sarcomas, sarcomata
[sahr-koh-muh-tuh] /sɑrˈkoʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA).
any of various malignant tumors composed of neoplastic cells resembling embryonic connective tissue.
Origin of sarcoma
1650-60; < New Latin < Greek sárkōma fleshy growth. See sarc-, -oma
Related forms
sarcomatoid, sarcomatous
[sahr-koh-muh-tuh s, -kom-uh-] /sɑrˈkoʊ mə təs, -ˈkɒm ə-/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -mata (-mətə), -mas
(pathol) a usually malignant tumour arising from connective tissue
Derived Forms
sarcomatoid, sarcomatous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek sarkōma fleshy growth; see sarco-, -oma
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Word Origin and History for sarcomatous



1650s, "fleshy excrescence," Medical Latin, from Greek sarkoma "fleshy substance" (Galen), from sarkoun "to produce flesh, grow fleshy," from sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh" (see sarcasm) + -oma. Meaning "harmful tumor of the connective tissue" first recorded 1804.

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sarcomatous in Medicine

sarcoma sar·co·ma (sär-kō'mə)
n. pl. sar·co·mas or sar·co·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A malignant tumor arising from connective tissues.

sar·co'ma·toid' (-mə-toid') or sar·co'ma·tous (-təs) adj.
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sarcomatous in Science
Plural sarcomas or sarcomata (sär-kō'mə-tə)
A malignant tumor originating from mesodermal tissue, such as fat, muscle, or bone. Compare carcinoma.
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