plural -omas, -omata.
a noun suffix used to form names of tumors, of the kind specified by the base: fibroma; melanoma.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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British Dictionary definitions for -oma
n combining form
indicating a tumourcarcinoma
Word Origin for -oma
from Greek -ōma
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Medicine definitions for -oma
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Science definitions for -oma
A suffix meaning tumor or cancer, as in carcinoma. Often, the suffix is added to the name of the affected body part, as in lymphoma, cancer of the lymph tissue.
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