Definition of mesothelioma in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmezōˌTHēlēˈōmə/
Pronunciation: /ˌmesōˌTHēlēˈōmə/

noun (plural mesotheliomas or mesotheliomata)

A cancer of mesothelial tissue, associated especially with exposure to asbestos.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: mes·o·the·li·o·ma

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