Definition of teratoma in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtɛrəˈtəʊmə/

noun (plural teratomas or teratomata /ˌtɛrəˈtəʊmətə/)

A tumour composed of tissues not normally present at the site (the site being typically in the gonads).
Example sentences
  • To our knowledge, no similar tumor has been described in the ovary or in teratomas at any other site.
  • The gastrointestinal tract is an unusual site for teratomas to occur.
  • However, five of 19 animals developed teratomata; tumour formation being a major complication of embryonic stem cell transplantation.

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