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noun, plural phy·mas, phy·ma·ta [fahy-muh-tuh] /ˈfaɪ mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. a nodule, swelling, or small, rounded tumor of the skin.
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Origin of phyma

1685–95; < Latin < Greek phȳ́ma a swelling, tumor, equivalent to phȳ́(esthai) to grow (akin to phŷlon phylon) + -ma noun suffix denoting result
Related formsphy·mat·ic [fahy-mat-ik] /faɪˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of phyma

  • The Phyma appears after the same manner as the Phygeton, and suppurates.

    The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method

    Charles Gabriel Le Clerc

phyma in Medicine


  1. A nodule or small rounded tumor of the skin.
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