What is Mesothelioma?



Mesothelioma Definition:

mes·o·the·li·o·ma
[mez-uh-thee-lee-oh-muh, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] Show IPA

–noun, plural-mas, -ma·ta [-muh-tuh] Show IPA. Pathology.
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:
1905–10; mesotheli(um) + -oma

Reference:

Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 24, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mesothelioma



mes·o·the·li·o·ma
(měz'ə-thē'lē-ō'mə, měs'-)

n. pl. mes·o·the·li·o·mas or mes·o·the·li·o·ma·ta (-mə-tə)

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.


Reference:

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mesothelioma


me·so·the·li·o·ma definition

Pronunciation: /ˌmez-ə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə, ˌmēz-, ˌmēs-, ˌmes-/

Function: n

Inflected Form: pl -mas Inflected Form: also -ma·ta Pronunciation: /-mət-ə/

: a tumor derived from mesothelial tissue (as that lining the peritoneum or pleura)

Reference:

Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mesothelioma

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