One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural neurofibromata, Plural neurofibromasMedicine
A tumour formed on a nerve cell sheath, frequently symptomless but occasionally malignant.
- ‘The intracranial tumors associated with neurofibromatosis include optic gliomas, other astrocytomas, neurilemomas, acoustic neuromas, neurofibromas, and meningiomas.’
- ‘Benign tumors called neurofibromas are found on or under the skin or along the nerves of the body.’
- ‘Development of benign neurofibromas versus malignant neurofibrosarcomas may be the difference between inactivation of one NF1 allele versus both alleles, respectively.’
- ‘A number of examples of tumors with some malignant features exist, for example, oyster epithelioma, neurofibromas, sarcomas, and leukocytic neoplasms (leukemia-like disorders).’
- ‘In fact, pain or sudden enlargement of a pre-existing mass in this setting should lead to immediate biopsy to exclude the possibility of malignant transformation of a neurofibroma.’
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