Definition of melanoma in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmeləˈnōmə/

noun (plural melanomas or melanomata /-ˈnōmətə/)

A tumor of melanin-forming cells, typically a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer: melanomas can appear anywhere on the body the incidence of melanoma is rising steadily
More example sentences
  • One form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can spread to other organs very rapidly.
  • About half of malignant skin melanomas arise from pre-existing moles.
  • Although they make up the smallest percentage of all skin cancers, melanomas cause the greatest number of deaths.


Mid 19th century: from Greek melas, melan- 'black' + -oma.

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Syllabification: mel·a·no·ma

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