Definition of sarcoma in English:



  • A malignant tumour of connective or other non-epithelial tissue.

    • ‘This patient's history and presentation are rather typical for a sarcoma or metastatic carcinoma but not so much for a lymphoma.’
    • ‘Sebaceous cysts, fibromas, papillomas, adenomas, sarcomas, carcinomas, and melanomas also have been reported.’
    • ‘The increases were recorded for virtually all tumour types in children, while in adolescents the major changes were seen for carcinomas, lymphomas, soft tissue sarcomas, germ-cell and CNS tumours.’
    • ‘Unlike carcinomas, metastatic sarcomas generally occur deeper and may not ulcerate the mucosa.’
    • ‘Dacarbazine is a chemotherapeutic agent that has been successfully applied to treat various types of cancer such as Hodgkin's disease, malignant melanomas, soft tissue sarcomas and advanced neuroblastomas.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sarkōma, from sarkoun become fleshy, from sarx, sark- flesh.