One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of cancer involving multiple tumours of the lymph nodes or skin, occurring chiefly in people with depressed immune systems, e.g. as a result of AIDS.
- ‘Prior shows him Kaposi's sarcoma, a disease in which malignant skin tumours form purple lumps.’
- ‘Mouth cancer can also develop if you have a type of cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma, which can affect any part of the skin.’
- ‘People with AIDS are also at great risk of developing cancers, especially Kaposi's sarcoma and lymphoma.’
- ‘The differential diagnoses include dermatofibroma, keloid, Kaposi's sarcoma and metastatic carcinoma.’
- ‘Certain cancers, including the skin cancer known as Kaposi's sarcoma, may also develop in AIDS.’
Late 19th century: named after Moritz K. Kaposi (1837–1902), Hungarian dermatologist.
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