noun, plural sar·co·mas, sar·co·ma·ta [sahr-koh-muh-tuh] /sɑrˈkoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.

any of various malignant tumors composed of neoplastic cells resembling embryonic connective tissue.

Origin of sarcoma

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek sárkōma fleshy growth. See sarc-, -oma
Related formssar·co·ma·toid, sar·co·ma·tous [sahr-koh-muh-tuh s, -kom-uh-] /sɑrˈkoʊ mə təs, -ˈkɒm ə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sarcoma

  • Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on the most likely suspect, sarcoma, a possible prognosis—and whether Chávez could be saved in the U.S.

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    Which Cancer Is Hugo Chávez Fighting?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 11, 2012

  • The likelihood of sarcoma is further signaled by the winking comments from doctors in neighboring countries.

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    Which Cancer Is Hugo Chávez Fighting?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 11, 2012

  • He was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in August and had to come to terms with dying in a manner of months.

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    Larry Sultan's California Dreams

    Philip Gefter

    December 17, 2009

Historical Examples of sarcoma

British Dictionary definitions for sarcoma


noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas

pathol a usually malignant tumour arising from connective tissue
Derived Formssarcomatoid or sarcomatous, adjective

Word Origin for sarcoma

C17: via New Latin from Greek sarkōma fleshy growth; see sarco-, -oma
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Word Origin and History for sarcoma

1650s, "fleshy excrescence," Medical Latin, from Greek sarkoma "fleshy substance" (Galen), from sarkoun "to produce flesh, grow fleshy," from sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh" (see sarcasm) + -oma. Meaning "harmful tumor of the connective tissue" first recorded 1804.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sarcoma



n. pl. sar•co•mas

A malignant tumor arising from connective tissues.
Related formssar•coma•toid′ (-mə-toid′) null adj.
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Science definitions for sarcoma



Plural sarcomas sarcomata (sär-kōmə-tə)

A malignant tumor originating from mesodermal tissue, such as fat, muscle, or bone. Compare carcinoma.
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