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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Repotrectinib is intended to inhibit mutations that drive non-small cell lung cancer and advanced solid tumors, both difficult to treat malignancies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turning Point Therapeutics raises $202 million for cancer therapy," 17 Sep. 2019 During a cancer-drug shortage, young lymphoma patients who got a substitute treatment relapsed at higher rates, and required more chemotherapy, which is linked to heart disease, infertility and malignancies later on, a 2012 study found. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get," 18 June 2019 But officials note that the cases that meet the CDC definition show an absence of infection, malignancy or any evidence of an alternative plausible diagnose beyond an effect from vaping. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "3 in Houston hospitalized with vaping-related lung illness," 10 Sep. 2019 Her narrative is the narrative of American malignancy. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Ilhan Omar Is Completely Assimilated," 16 July 2019 Eighty-five per cent of drug-resistant patients with multiple myeloma—a malignancy of the blood’s plasma cells—have either a complete or a partial response to the therapy, but more than a third of complete responders relapse within a year. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 The treatments managed to control the malignancy but not cure it, and life became a matter of coping. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States, affecting more than three million people each year. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "How Safe Is Sunscreen?," 10 June 2019 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

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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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