noun, plural car·ci·no·mas, car·ci·no·ma·ta . [kahr-s uh- noh-m uh-t uh] /ˌkɑr səˈnoʊ mə tə/ . Pathology a malignant and invasive epithelial tumor that spreads by metastasis and often recurs after excision; cancer. RELATED WORDS cyst
C Origin of carcinoma 1715–25;
ulcer, tumor <
-oma Related forms car·ci·no·ma·toid, adjective car·ci·no·ma·tous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for carcinoma Contemporary Examples of carcinoma Historical Examples of carcinoma British Dictionary definitions for carcinoma noun plural -mas or -mata ( -mətə) pathol any malignant tumour derived from epithelial tissue Derived Forms carcinomatoid or carcinomatous, adjective Word Origin for carcinoma
C18: from Latin, from Greek
karkinōma, from karkinos cancer
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Word Origin and History for carcinoma n.
"malignant tumor," 1721, from Latin
carcinoma, from Greek karkinoma "a cancer," from karkinos "cancer," literally "crab" (see cancer) + -oma.
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Medicine definitions for carcinoma n. pl. car•ci•no•mas An invasive malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue that tends to metastasize to other areas of the body.
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Science definitions for carcinoma Plural carcinomas carcinomata ( kär′sə-nō) ′mə-tə Any of various cancerous tumors that are derived from epithelial tissue of the skin, blood vessels, or other organs and that tend to metastasize to other parts of the body. See also basal cell carcinoma squamous cell carcinoma.
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Culture definitions for carcinoma carcinoma [(kahr-suh- noh-muh)]
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