noun, plural gli·o·mas, gli·o·ma·ta [glahy-oh-muh-tuh] /glaɪˈoʊ mə tə/.

a tumor of the brain composed of neuroglia.

Origin of glioma

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at glia, -oma
Related formsgli·o·ma·tous [glahy-oh-muh-tuh s, -om-uh-] /glaɪˈoʊ mə təs, -ˈɒm ə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of glioma

  • Steven C. Moore et al., "Height, Body Mass Index, and Physical Activity in Relation to Glioma Risk."

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  • The exception: those 30-minutes-a-day-for-a-decade users, in whom the risk of glioma indeed increased 40 percent.

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British Dictionary definitions for glioma


noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas

a tumour of the brain and spinal cord, composed of neuroglia cells and fibres
Derived Formsgliomatous, adjective

Word Origin for glioma

C19: from New Latin, from Greek glia glue + -oma
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Word Origin and History for glioma

type of brain tumor, 1870, medical Latin, literally "glue tumor," from Greek glia "glue" + -oma.

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Medicine definitions for glioma


[glē-ōmə, glī-]

n. pl. gli•o•mas

A tumor that originates in the neuroglia of the brain or the spinal cord.
Related formsgli•oma•tous (-ŏmə-təs, -ōmə-) adj.
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