what is the word origin of myelo- as in myelofibrosis or myeloma? I know that these are plasma cancers originating in the bone marrow.

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    $\begingroup$ It's greek, and brings with it the meaning: "marrow", "spinal cord", or "brain". source $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Aug 16 '17 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the etymology of words and not biology. $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Aug 17 '17 at 0:25

myelo- is from Greek related to the word for 'marrow'.

See also: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/myelo-

Most cancers are named in a similar matter, with the tissue of origin followed by the suffix "-oma": glioma from glial cells, sarcoma from the connective tissues/"flesh",


medical terms are mainly based on Greek and Latin words, myel(myelo) is a root which means bone marrow and it also can mean spinal cord , it depends on the word. in myeloma , myelo means bone marrow and oma is a suffix which means tumor just like lymphom( cancer of lymphatic system ). ex: meylitis: inflammation of spinal cord , but , myeloma : cancer of the bone marrow

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    – David
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