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Medical Definition of Merkle cell carcinoma

Merkle cell carcinoma: A rapidly growing type of skin cancer, spelled Merkel cell carcinoma, after the German anatomist and pathologist Friedrich Sigmund Merkel (1845-1919) It is a rare, aggressive malignant cancer of the skin that primarily affects elderly Caucasians.

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Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2016

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