Microinvasive carcinoma

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microinvasive carcinoma

(Science: tumour) A variety of carcinoma seen most frequently in the uterine cervix, in which carcinoma in situ of squamous epithelium, on the surface or replacing the lining of glands, is accompanied by small collections of abnormal epithelial cells that infiltrate a very short distance into the stroma; this may represent the earliest stage of invasion, in which the neoplastic cells are capable of intrusion but not of sustained growth in connective tissue.