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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Glioma \Gli*o"ma\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? glue + -oma.] (Med.) A tumor springing from the neuroglia or connective tissue of the brain, spinal cord, or other portions of the nervous system.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of brain tumor, 1870, medical Latin, literally "glue tumor," from Greek glia "glue" + -oma.


n. (context pathology English) A tumour that arises from glial cells in the brain or spinal cord.

  1. n. a tumor of the brain consisting of neuroglia

  2. [also: gliomata (pl)]


A glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up about 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors and 80% of all malignant brain tumors.

Usage examples of "glioma".

Then, boom, into a null-g suite, with a proleptic copula imbedded in their gliomas.

Finally, the diagnosis: a glioma -- a tumor the size of a golf ball on one of his frontal lobes -- malignant, growing, an d encroaching so thoroughly on vascular tissue that surgical removal was impossible, even by liquefaction or laser.