[mez-uh-thee-lee-oh-muh, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
- a malignant tumor of the covering of the lung or the lining of the pleural and abdominal cavities, often associated with exposure to asbestos.
Origin of mesothelioma
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- a tumour of the epithelium lining the lungs, abdomen, or heart: often associated with exposure to asbestos dust
C20: from mesotheli (um) + -oma
- A rare neoplasm derived from the lining cells of the pleura and peritoneum and growing as a thick sheet composed of spindle cells or fibrous tissue covering the viscera.
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