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Adenocarcinoma, NOS
Classification & external resources
ICD-9 151.0, 182.0
ICD-O: M8140/3

Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that originates in glandular tissue. To be classified as adenocarcinoma, the cells do not necessarily need to be part of a gland, as long as they have secretory properties. This form of carcinoma can occur in some higher mammals, including humans.[1]

The term adenocarcinoma is derived from 'adeno' meaning 'pertaining to a gland' and 'carcinoma', which describes a cancer that has developed in the epithelial cells.

It can first present as an adenoma (a glandular tumor that is benign).


Examples of tissues where adenocarcinomas may arise:


  1. ^ Fauquier, D.A., Gulland, F.M.D.,(Marine Mammal Center), Haulena, M., Spraker, T., ‘’Biliary adenocarcinoma in a stranded Northern elephant seal (‘’Mirounga angustirortsis’‘)’‘, Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(3):723-726 (2003)
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