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Neuroma originally was defined as a tumor of a nerve. (Neuro- is from the Greek for nerve). Today, neuroma commonly refers to any tumor of cells of the nervous system. though some use the term only to describe tumors of the cell of the nerve and related fibers.
Because of the ambiguity inherent to the term, it is usually better to use a more specific description when possible.
Although the "-oma" suffix usually is usually reserved for tumors, the term "neuroma" is also sometimes used for conditions that are not usually considered tumorous:
Ganglioneuroma could be considered a type of neuroma, though it is not a nerve sheath tumor.
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