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chordoma (plural chordomas or chordomata)

  1. (pathology) A slow-growing, malignant tumor arising from remnants of the notochord.
    • 2009 February 16, Cara Buckley, “Turning the Male Perm Into a Very Good Hair Day”, in New York Times[1]:
      The tumors, known as chordomas, eat bone and tissue and have done irreparable damage to her spine. Ms. Haigh, who has a 3-year-old daughter, cannot work while she is undergoing treatment.