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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


linitis plastica  listen  (lih-NY-tis plas-TIH-kuh)

  A rare type of stomach cancer that begins in the lining of the stomach and spreads to the muscles of the stomach wall. This causes the wall of the stomach to become thick, hard, and rubbery, which leads to trouble digesting food. Also called gastric scirrhous carcinoma.