basal cell carcinoma n.
A slow-growing, locally invasive, but rarely metastasizing neoplasm of the skin derived from basal cells of the epidermis or hair follicles. Also called basal cell epithelioma.
|basal cell carcinoma (bā'səl, -zəl) Pronunciation Key
A slow-growing neoplasm that is locally invasive but rarely metastasizes. It is derived from basal cells, the deepest layer of epithelial cells of the epidermis or hair follicles.