noun, plural car·ci·no·mas, car·ci·no·ma·ta [kahr-suh-noh-muh-tuh] /ˌkɑr səˈnoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. a malignant and invasive epithelial tumor that spreads by metastasis and often recurs after excision; cancer.

Origin of carcinoma

1715–25; < Latin: ulcer, tumor < Greek karkínōma; see carcino-, -oma
Related formscar·ci·no·ma·toid, adjectivecar·ci·no·ma·tous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə) pathol
  1. any malignant tumour derived from epithelial tissue
  2. another name for cancer (def. 1)
Derived Formscarcinomatoid 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 carcinomatous



"malignant tumor," 1721, from Latin carcinoma, from Greek karkinoma "a cancer," from karkinos "cancer," literally "crab" (see cancer) + -oma.

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carcinomatous in Medicine


[kär′sə-nōmə-təs, -nŏmə-]
  1. Relating to or manifesting the characteristic properties of carcinoma.


n. pl. car•ci•no•mas
  1. An invasive malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue that tends to metastasize to other areas of the body.
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carcinomatous in Science


Plural carcinomas carcinomata (kär′sə-nōmə-tə)
  1. 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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carcinomatous in Culture



A malignant tumor in the tissues that make up the skin, glands, mucous membranes, and lining of organs.

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