One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A malignant clonal proliferation of plasma cells, typically causing multiple lytic tumours in bones and usually associated with the presence of abnormal proteins in the blood and urine.
Late 19th century. From multiple + myeloma, after German multiples Myelom.
multiple myeloma/ˌmʌltɪpl ˌmʌɪəˈləʊmə/
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