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Medical Term:

chordoma

Pronunciation: kor-do'ma

Definition: A rare neoplasm of skeletal tissue in adults, derived from persistent portions of the notochord; composed of cells arranged in lobules, with abundant myxoid stroma; some cells contain vacuoles that resemble soap bubbles (physaliphorous cells); most frequently in the region of the clivus or lumbar-sacral cord.

[(noto)chord + G. -oma, tumor]

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