Definition of melanoma in English:


Line breaks: mel¦an|oma
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛləˈnəʊmə


A tumour of melanin-forming cells, especially a malignant tumour associated with skin cancer: melanomas can appear anywhere on the body [mass noun]: the incidence of melanoma is rising steadily
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  • 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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