Basal cell carcinoma

a common and usually curable skin cancer that arises from epithelial cells and rarely metastasizes: often associated with overexposure to sunlight.

a slow-growing malignant but usually non-metastasizing skin cancer, mainly occurring in sun-damaged skin of the elderly and fair-skinned; also called basal cell epithelioma , rodent ulcer
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basal cell carcinoma n.
A slow-growing, locally invasive, but rarely metastasizing neoplasm of the skin derived from basal cells of the epidermis or hair follicles. Also called basal cell epithelioma.
basal cell carcinoma
(bā’səl, -zəl)
A slow-growing neoplasm that is locally invasive but rarely metastasizes. It is derived from basal cells, the deepest layer of epithelial cells of the epidermis or hair follicles.


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