Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A malignant tumor arising from connective tissues.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of malignant tumor of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tumor of fleshy consistence; -- formerly applied to many varieties of tumor, now restricted to a variety of malignant growth made up of cells resembling those of fetal development without any proper intercellular substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a fleshy disk.
  • n. In pathology, a tumor composed of tissue resembling embryonic connective tissue. The sarcomas are of varying, usually high, grades of malignancy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a usually malignant tumor arising from connective tissue (bone or muscle etc.); one of the four major types of cancer

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek sarkōma, sarkōmat-, fleshy excrescence, from sarkoun, to produce flesh, from sarx, sark-, flesh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σάρξ (sárx, “flesh”) +‎ -ωμα (-ōma, “disease”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term sarcoma is used when the tumor is malignant (cancerous).

    Sarcoma - Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Ewing sarcoma is a family of bone tumors that includes:

    Ewing's Sarcoma - Ewing Sarcoma

  • This bone sarcoma is responsible for about one-third of bone cancers in children.

    Sarcomas, soft tissue tumors, bone tumors

  • Our clinical work in sarcoma — cancers involving muscle, bone, cartilage and tendons — are closely linked to the basic science conducted in the laboratory of Frederick G. Barr, MD, PhD and in surgery to the orthopaedic and general surgeons, and to the Radiation Oncology Program.

    Pediatric cancer research

  • Childhood soft tissue sarcoma is a disease in which cancerous cells begin to grow in the soft tissues of a child's body.

    Sarcomas, soft tissue tumors, bone tumors

  • When a sarcoma is found, more tests will be done to find out if the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body.

    Sarcomas, soft tissue tumors, bone tumors

  • IMT includes tumors with necrosis in up to 30\% 6, and encompasses tumors with recurrence in up to 31\% 6, so it is tempting to suggest that of the tumors we classified as sarcoma, at least the 7 low grade ones 3, most may have been considered by others as IMT, and conversely, that IMT is truly a low-grade sarcoma 7.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • It is a common mistake with synovial sarcoma, which is rare, difficult to detect and can spread to the lungs before it gets caught.

    Thirty-Two Years and Counting

  • Of the solid tumours the glioma and the sarcoma are the most common, and when they originate in the pigmented structures of the globe they present the characters of melanotic growths.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • The following is an excerpt from a book I am working on about my daughter's battle against Ewing's sarcoma, which is an aggressive bone cancer that most often affects the young.

    All articles at Blogcritics

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