malignant mesothelioma

Pronunciation: (muh-LIG-nunt MEH-zoh-THEE-lee-OH-muh)

A rare type of cancer in which malignant cells are found in the lining of the chest or abdomen. Exposure to airborne asbestos particles increases one's risk of developing malignant mesothelioma.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Malignant mesothelioma forms in the thin layer of tissue that covers the lung, chest wall, abdomen, heart, or testicles.

Date last modified: 2015-03-30