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keratoacanthoma

Pronunciation: ker'a-to-ak'an-tho'ma

Definition: A rapidly growing tumor that may be umbilicated, and usually occurs on exposed areas of the skin in elderly white men, which invades the dermis but remains localized and usually resolves spontaneously if untreated; microscopically, the nodule is composed of well-differentiated squamous epithelium with a central keratin mass that opens on the skin surface.

[kerato- + G. akantha, thorn, +-oma, tumor]

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