[ li-poh-muh, lahy- ]
/ lɪˈpoʊ mə, laɪ- /

noun, plural li·po·mas, li·po·ma·ta [li-poh-muh-tuh, lahy-] /lɪˈpoʊ mə tə, laɪ-/. Pathology.

a benign tumor consisting of fat tissue.

Origin of lipoma

From New Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at lip-, -oma
Also called fatty tumor.
Related formsli·pom·a·tous [li-pom-uh-tuh s, -poh-muh-, lahy-] /lɪˈpɒm ə təs, -ˈpoʊ mə-, laɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lipomata


/ (lɪˈpəʊmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

pathol a benign tumour composed of fatty tissue
Derived Formslipomatous (lɪˈpɒmətəs), adjective

Word Origin for lipoma

C19: New Latin
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Word Origin and History for lipomata



"fatty tumor" (plural lipomata), 1830, medical Latin, from Greek lipos "fat" (n.), see lipo-, + -oma.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for lipomata


[ lĭ-pōmə, lī- ]

n. pl. li•po•mas

A benign tumor composed chiefly of fat cells.
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