One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An osteolytic tumour of bone, usually benign, composed of giant cells of osteoclastic type and stromal cells; also called giant cell tumour of bone. Also: a localized area of increased osteoclastic activity, seen in certain disorders or tumours of bone (now rare).
1920s; earliest use found in Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology. From osteoclast + -oma.
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