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.

Nearby words

  1. sarcoidosis,
  2. sarcolactic acid,
  3. sarcolemma,
  4. sarcological,
  5. sarcology,
  6. sarcomatosis,
  7. sarcomatous,
  8. sarcomere,
  9. sarcophagi,
  10. sarcophagous

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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British Dictionary definitions for sarcomatous


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 sarcomatous



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.

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Medicine definitions for sarcomatous



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 sarcomatous



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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