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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1857, from comb. form of Greek myelos "marrow" + -oma.


n. (context pathology English) A malignant tumour arising from cells of the bone marrow, specifically plasma cells.


n. a tumor of the bone marrow (usually malignant) composed of cells normally found in bone marrow


Usage examples of "myeloma".

In fact, its timing seemed downright providential when, less than a year later, Walton learned that he had contracted a disease far more lethal than leukemia: multiple myeloma, or malignant cancer of the bone marrow.

And for all we know, Harry Coppola, Harold Joseph Ralph, Alvin Lasky, Richard Bonebrake, and George Proctor were not the only ones among the Marines at the blast core area that first occupation week who later developed multiple myeloma.