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a benign fatty tumor usually composed of mature fat cells.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A benign neoplasm of adipose tissue, composed of mature fat cells.
Synonym(s): adipose tumor
[lipo- + G. -oma, tumor]
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(lĭ-pō′mə, lī-)
n. pl. lipo·mata (-mə-tə) or lipo·mas
A benign tumor composed chiefly of fat cells.

li·pom′a·tous (-pŏm′ə-təs) adj.
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Adipose tumor Dermatology A benign fatty tumor which may occur in virtually any site in the body. See Myelolipoma, Myolipoma, Spindle cell lipoma.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


, pl. lipomas (li-pō'mă, -măz)
A benign neoplasm of adipose tissue, composed of mature fat cells.
[lipo- + G. -oma, tumor]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(li-po'ma ) [ lipo- + -oma, ]
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A benign fatty tumor. They often appear in crops on the arms or trunk but are not metastatic. lipomatous ('mat-us), adjective See: illustration; chondrolipoma

lipoma arborescens

An abnormal treelike accumulation of fatty tissue in a joint.

cystic lipoma

A lipoma containing cysts.

diffuse lipoma

A lipoma not definitely circumscribed.

lipoma diffusum renis

A condition in which fat displaces parenchyma of the kidney. Synonym: lipomatosis renis

lipoma durum

A lipoma with marked hypertrophy of the fibrous stroma and capsule.

nasal lipoma

A fibrous growth of the subcutaneous tissue of the nostrils.

osseous lipoma

A lipoma in which the connective tissue has undergone calcareous degeneration.

lipoma telangiectodes

A rare form of lipoma containing a large number of blood vessels.
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A non-malignant tumour of fatty tissue. Lipomas may occur in fat anywhere in the body and grow slowly to form soft, smooth swellings. They seldom cause problems but can be removed if disfiguring.
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A usually benign tumor of fatty tissue.
Mentioned in: Skin Lesions
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl. lipomas (li-pōmă, -măz)
A benign neoplasm of adipose tissue, composed of mature fat cells.
[lipo- + G. -oma, tumor]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about lipoma

Q. can lypoma be cure with age of 45 female 100% i have lypoma at back between arm from long time my age is 45 also has problem of sorises let me know how can it be cured

A. Nothing is 100% in medicine, so no one can guarantee you anything. However, provided it's indeed lipoma (a benign tumor, not cancer which is called liposarcoma), then it's not suppose to cause any specific problems after it's removed surgically.

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(7) Our case showed the characteristic finding of lipoma arborescence on MRI in both the suprapatellar pouches and in bilateral hip joints.
Lipoma of the tongue--A rare site for a common tumour.
Lipomas are usually solid, contained within a capsule, and found in the subcutaneous tissue.
Focal leptomeningeal enhancement and corticopial calcifications underlying a parietal convexity lipoma: a rare association of findings in 2 pediatric epileptic patients.
Histopathology (Figure 1D) showed the mass to have thin capsule and comprised of cells resembling mature adipocytes with a few thin capillaries, thereby confirming the diagnosis of lipoma. After a follow-up of three years, patient had no clinical evidence of recurrence and was satisfied with the management.
Gastric lipoma and pyloric obstruction in a 51-year-old woman.
Malignant transformation of a benign lipoma to malignant liposarcoma is practically unknown.8 It is crucial that the diagnosis of a well-differentiated liposarcoma is established preoperatively, because there are differences in initial treatment, longterm management and prognosis.
Variants of lipoma are histologically different from ordinary lipoma by characteristic microscopic features and specific clinical appearance.
I generally don't recommend having a lipoma removed, but if it's in a bothersome spot or becomes a problem, you can have it removed with surgery.
Rarely, a lump that appears to be a benign lipoma may be a type of cancer called a liposarcoma; that's why it is important to undergo testing, such as an MRI or CT scan and/or a biopsy, to confirm that the lump is noncancerous.