malignancy

noun ma·lig·nan·cy \ -nən(t)-sē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of malignancy

plural malignancies
1 : the quality or state of being malignant
2 a : exhibition (as by a tumor) of malignant qualities : virulence
b : a malignant tumor

Examples of malignancy in a Sentence

  1. the malignancy of the tumor

  2. The test revealed a malignancy in the patient's chest.

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First Known Use of malignancy

1601


MALIGNANCY Defined for English Language Learners

malignancy

noun

Definition of malignancy for English Language Learners

  • medical + formal : a malignant quality or state

  • medical : a tumor that is malignant


Medical Dictionary

malignancy

noun ma·lig·nan·cy \ mə-ˈlig-nən-sē \

medical Definition of malignancy

plural malignancies
1 : the quality or state of being malignant
2 a : exhibition (as by a tumor) of malignant qualities : virulence
b : a malignant tumor


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