noun, plural ad·e·no·car·ci·no·mas, ad·e·no·car·ci·no·ma·ta [ad-n-oh-kahr-suh-noh-muh-tuh] /ˌæd n oʊˌkɑr səˈnoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.

a malignant tumor arising from secretory epithelium.
a malignant tumor of glandlike structure.

Origin of adenocarcinoma

First recorded in 1885–90; adeno- + carcinoma
Related formsad·e·no·car·ci·nom·a·tous [ad-n-oh-kahr-suh-nom-uh-tuh s, -noh-muh-] /ˌæd n oʊˌkɑr səˈnɒm ə təs, -ˈnoʊ mə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for adenocarcinoma


noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

a malignant tumour originating in glandular tissue
a malignant tumour with a glandlike structure
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adenocarcinoma in Medicine




A malignant tumor originating in the epithelial cells of glandular tissue and forming glandular structures.
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