noun, plural mel·a·no·mas, mel·a·no·ma·ta [mel-uh-noh-muh-tuh] /ˌmɛl əˈnoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.
any of several types of skin tumors characterized by the malignant growth of melanocytes.
Origin of melanoma
First recorded in 1825–35; melan-
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Examples from the Web for melanoma
Contemporary Examples of melanoma
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has seen a 200 percent increase in cases since 1973.
An upward trend is especially apparent in kidney, liver, and thyroid cancer and in melanoma and lymphoma.
But long before Amid died this past Tuesday—of melanoma at an extremely boyish 50—everyone already knew.
Beloved magazine designer Amid Capeci, who died of melanoma Tuesday, was only a boyish 50.
He has a bulbous-shaped face brought on by a combination of old age and his struggle with melanoma.
British Dictionary definitions for melanoma
noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
pathol a malignant tumour composed of melanocytes, occurring esp in the skin, often as a result of excessive exposure to sunlight
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Word Origin and History for melanoma
"tumor containing melanin," 1826, medical Latin, from Greek melas (genitive melanos) "black" (see melanin) + -oma.
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Medicine definitions for melanoma
n. pl. mel•a•no•mas
A dark-pigmented, malignant, frequently widely metastasizing tumor arising from a melanocyte and occurring most commonly in the skin.malignant melanoma melanoblastoma melanocarcinoma melanotic carcinoma
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Science definitions for melanoma
Plural melanomas melanomata (mĕl′ə-nō′mə-tə)
A dark-pigmented benign or malignant tumor that arises from a melanocyte and occurs most commonly in the skin. Malignant melanoma metastasizes quickly and is associated with sun exposure.
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Culture definitions for melanoma
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