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n. pl. car·ci·no·mas or car·ci·no·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
An invasive malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue that tends to metastasize to other areas of the body.

[Latin, cancerous ulcer, from Greek karkinōma, from karkinos, cancer; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

car′ci·no′ma·toid (-nō′mə-toid′) adj.
car′ci·nom′a·tous (-nŏm′ə-təs, -nō′mə-) adj.
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Adj.1.carcinomatous - being or relating to carcinoma; "a carcinomatous lesion"
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The epithelial and lymphoid components were not carcinomatous or lymphomatous, respectively.
The level of estradiol in breast-cancer tissue is roughly 10 times the concentration present in the plasma in the postmenopausal women, perhaps because of the presence of intratumor aromatase both in the stroma and parenchymal cells of the carcinomatous tissue17.
The ductal cells which are carcinomatous possess large, ovoid, pleomorphic nuclei, and polygonal cytoplasmic occurring in solid nests with the glandular formation [Figure 19].
Anatomopathology revealed Bilharzia eggs with no carcinomatous lesions (Figure, panels F, G).
Diagnosis: The histological and IHC aspects described advocate for a carcinomatous infiltration within a carcinoma metastasis with a mammary gland origin.
Nucleolar organizer regions in normal, cirrhotic and carcinomatous livers.
The behavior of carcinosarcomas is characterized mainly based on the carcinomatous component, thus carcinosarcomas metastasize to the lymph nodes.
The metastatic tumor in the hilar lymph was composed of the almost purely carcinomatous element and presented a typical microscopic view of poorly-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma [Figure 3]c.{Figure 3}