Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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metabolic acidosis
(met-ah-BOL-ik as-id-O-sis) A condition in which the blood is too acidic. It may be caused by severe illness or sepsis (bacteria in the bloodstream)
metabolic disorder
A condition in which normal metabolic processes are disrupted, usually because of a missing enzyme
metabolic therapy
Treatment to correct changes in metabolism that can be caused by disease
metabolism
The total of all chemical changes that take place in a cell or an organism. These changes produce energy and basic materials needed for important life processes
metachronous
Occurring at different times
metaplasia
A change of cells to a form that does not normally occur in the tissue in which it is found
metaplasia
Abnormal transformation of one differentiated cell type into another differentiated cell type.
metaplastic
Transformation from one type of cell into another; ie. epithelial component into a nonglandular component, such as spindle cells, squamous cells or heterologous elements.
metaplastic breast cancer
Rare cancerous tumor in which the predominant feature is metaplasia - glandular epithelium differentiation into nonglandular mesenchymal tissue.
metaplastic carcinoma
A general term used to describe cancer that begins in cells that have changed into another cell type (for example, a squamous cell of the esophagus changing to resemble a cell of the More…
metastasectomy
(meh-TAS-ta-SEC-tuh-mee) Surgery to remove one or more metastases (tumors formed from cells that have spread from the primary tumor). When all metastases are removed, it is called a More…
metastases
Cancer growths that started from cancer cells shed by a primary cancer arising in another part of the body.
metastasis
(meh-TAS-ta-sis) The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another. A tumor formed by cells that have spread is called a “metastatic tumor” or a “metastasis.” The metastatic tumor More…
metastasize
(meh-TAS-ta-size) To spread from one part of the body to another. When cancer cells metastasize and form secondary tumors, the cells in the metastatic tumor are like those in the original More…
metastasized
Cancer has spread from its original area of the disease to distant sites, such as the liver, lungs, the process of finding
metastatic
(MET-uh-STAT-ik) Having to do with metastasis, which is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another
metastatic cancer
Cancer that has spread from the place in which it started to other parts of the body
metasynchronous
Occurring at nearly the same time
methotrexate
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antimetabolites
methoxsalen
A drug used in ultraviolet light therapy
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