noun (plural mesotheliomas or mesotheliomata)Medicine
A cancer of mesothelial tissue, associated especially with exposure to asbestos.
- SV40 does not have a role in the majority of malignant mesotheliomas - a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos - according to a study in this month's Cancer Research.
- Conversely, there are few risk factors other than asbestos exposure for mesothelioma.
- Now, of course, it is well known that it can cause asbestosis or mesothelioma, a malignant tumour of the lung lining caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.
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