noun, plural lym·pho·mas, lym·pho·ma·ta [lim-foh-muh-tuh] /lɪmˈfoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. a tumor arising from any of the cellular elements of lymph nodes.

Origin of lymphoma

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at lymph-, -oma
Related formslym·pho·ma·toid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas
  1. any form of cancer of the lymph nodesAlso called: lymphosarcoma (ˌlɪmfəʊsɑːˈkəʊmə)
Derived Formslymphomatous or lymphomatoid, adjective
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Word Origin and History for lymphoma

plural lymphomata, 1867, from lymph + -oma.

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lymphoma in Medicine


n. pl. lym•pho•mas
  1. Any of various usually malignant neoplasms of lymphatic and reticuloendothelial tissues that occur as circumscribed solid tumors and that are composed of cells that resemble lymphocytes, plasma cells, or histiocytes.malignant lymphoma
Related formslym•phoma•toid′ null adj.
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lymphoma in Science


Plural lymphomas lymphomata (lĭm-fōmə-tə)
  1. Any of various usually malignant tumors that arise in the lymph nodes or other lymphatic tissues, often manifested by painless enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. See also Hodgkin's disease.
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