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[mahy-uh-loh-muh] /ˌmaɪ əˈloʊ mə/
noun, plural myelomas, myelomata
[mahy-uh-loh-muh-tuh] /ˌmaɪ əˈloʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA).
a tumor of plasma cells, arising in bone marrow, and often occurring at multiple sites, as in the vertebrae and flat skull bones.
Compare multiple myeloma.
Origin of myeloma
1855-60; myel- + -oma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The majority would appear to be the result of changes in a sarcoma, endothelioma, or myeloma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • New growths include the fibroma, the myxoma, the myeloma or giant-celled tumour, and various forms of sarcoma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The myeloma is also to be diagnosed from chondroma, from sarcoma, and from osteomyelitis fibrosa cystica.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • In many respects the X-ray appearances resemble those of myeloma.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for myeloma


noun (pl) -mas, -mata (-mətə)
a usually malignant tumour of the bone marrow or composed of cells normally found in bone marrow
Derived Forms
myelomatoid, adjective
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Word Origin and History for myeloma

1857, from comb. form of Greek myelos "marrow" + -oma.

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myeloma in Medicine

myeloma my·e·lo·ma (mī'ə-lō'mə)
n. pl. my·e·lo·mas or my·e·lo·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A tumor composed of cells derived from hemopoietic tissues of the bone marrow.

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