malignancy

noun
ma·​lig·​nan·​cy | \ mə-ˈlig-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce malignancy (audio) \
plural malignancies

Definition of malignancy

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

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Examples of malignancy in a Sentence

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

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Researchers found that an enzyme involved in building cell membranes becomes abnormally active in various malignancies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biotech notebook: Cancer discovery, bacterial syringes and organoids," 13 July 2019 Yet this uncommon malignancy is the tie that binds giants of oncology research, scientific breakthroughs, revolutionary drugs, and startling philanthropy, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that became an acclaimed PBS documentary series. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 Today, 90 percent of children with the blood malignancy, called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), are cured. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 New, Scarier Possibilities Right at the top of Quan’s list was malignancy. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 Out of the 102 cases in which fluctuations revealed a significant shift in the voltage gradient, 95 were confirmed to have malignancies. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Using ground-up cells from a patient's tumor, researchers trained the dendritic cells to recognize and attack that specific malignancy. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "A personalized vaccine helps patients fight back against ovarian cancer," 12 Apr. 2018 Shortly after my separation came my trial run: A thyroid ultrasound initially appeared to show a malignancy that was soon declared normal. Washington Post, "When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick?," 9 July 2018 Trumpian corruption, in this version, is almost a footnote to the baseline level of mischief, a kind of malignancy that inevitably erupts in an already-diseased culture. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Stop saying “drain the swamp”," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of malignancy

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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malignancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of malignancy

medical + formal : a malignant quality or state
medical : a tumor that is malignant

malignancy

noun
ma·​lig·​nan·​cy | \ mə-ˈlig-nən-sē How to pronounce malignancy (audio) \
plural malignancies

Medical Definition of malignancy

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

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