Definition of melanoma in English:

melanoma

noun

Medicine
  • A tumour of melanin-forming cells, especially a malignant tumour associated with skin cancer.

    ‘melanomas can appear anywhere on the body’
    [mass noun] ‘the incidence of melanoma is rising steadily’
    • ‘About half of malignant skin melanomas arise from pre-existing moles.’
    • ‘There is a definite link between sunbathing and the incidence of malignant melanomas.’
    • ‘Although they make up the smallest percentage of all skin cancers, melanomas cause the greatest number of deaths.’
    • ‘One form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can spread to other organs very rapidly.’
    • ‘These patients are also at risk for second cancers, including bone, brain, leukemia and lymphoma, melanomas, and soft tissue sarcomas.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek melas, melan- black + -oma.

Pronunciation:

melanoma

/ˌmɛləˈnəʊmə/