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Related to mucoepidermoid carcinoma: adenoid cystic carcinoma
most commonly a salivary gland carcinoma of low grade malignancy composed of mucous, epidermoid, and intermediate cells, with mucous cells abundant only in low-grade carcinoma; recurrence is frequent, and high-grade carcinomas metastasize to cervical nodes.
Synonym(s): mucoepidermoid tumor
Etymology: L, mucus + Gk, epi, above, derma, skin, eidos, form
a malignant neoplasm of glandular tissues, especially the ducts of the salivary glands. The tumor contains mucinous and epidermoid squamous cells.