Meaning of melanoma in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛləˈnəʊmə/

Translate melanoma into Spanish


  • A tumour of melanin-forming cells, especially a malignant tumour associated with skin cancer.

    ‘melanomas can appear anywhere on the body’
    • ‘the incidence of melanoma is rising steadily’
    • ‘One form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can spread to other organs very rapidly.’
    • ‘About half of malignant skin melanomas arise from pre-existing moles.’
    • ‘Although they make up the smallest percentage of all skin cancers, melanomas cause the greatest number of deaths.’
    • ‘These patients are also at risk for second cancers, including bone, brain, leukemia and lymphoma, melanomas, and soft tissue sarcomas.’
    • ‘There is a definite link between sunbathing and the incidence of malignant melanomas.’


Mid 19th century from Greek melas, melan- ‘black’ + -oma.