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  1. (noun, state) any malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue; one of the four major types of cancer

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Origin of the word Carcinoma

  1. 1721, "malignant tumor," from L. carcinoma, from Gk. karkinoma "a cancer," from karkinos "crab" (see cancer) + -oma. more

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