-oma

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek -ωμα ‎(-ōma).

Suffix[edit]

-oma ‎(plural -omata or -omas)

  1. (pathology) A suffix forming nouns indicating disease or morbidity.
  2. (pathology, specifically) A suffix forming nouns indicating tumors or masses, which may be benign or cancerous (malignant).

Usage notes[edit]

  • For most nouns formed with -oma, the plural in -omas is more common, because the suffix has been naturalized into English, but the plural in -omata is often preferred by people who believe that the Greek inflection needs to be retained.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek -ωμα ‎(-ōma).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-oma m

  1. (pathology) -oma (forms the names of tumours or masses)
    linfo- ‎(lympho) + ‎-oma → ‎linfoma ‎(lymphoma)
  2. (chiefly biology) -ome (forms the names of masses or sets)
    bio- ‎(bio-) + ‎-oma → ‎bioma ‎(biome)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek -ωμα ‎(-ōma).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-oma m

  1. (pathology) -oma

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