Definition of malignant
1a obsolete : malcontent, disaffectedb : evil in nature, influence, or effect : injurious a powerful and malignant influencec : passionately and relentlessly malevolent : aggressively malicious the malignant tongues of gossipers
Examples of malignant in a Sentence
a highly malignant form of cancer
a powerful and malignant influence
Recent Examples of malignant from the Web
Some gynecologists are still using the device, however, at times doing the cutting inside surgical bags to try and prevent malignant tissue from spreading into the abdomen.
Mr. Ford had been undergoing treatment for malignant liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, since September 2014.
Yet researchers keep finding cancer genes in perfectly normal, healthy cells that never turn malignant.
In Ferrante’s hands, masculinity is malignant, yet not all the men of the novels are infected by it.
When an injury must be healed, or cancerous tissue that is dividing must be stopped, nearby cells transmit chemical signals that trigger the repair of injured cells or the death of malignant ones.
Jarvis tells a darker tale, one that owes something to the malignant usurpers of Dickens’s late novels while also making historical sense.
But the wake of the bombings in Boston has produced an especially rich crop of malignant retreads.
They were diagnosed as benign and malignant growths of various types.
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Origin and Etymology of malignant
Late Latin malignant-, malignans, present participle of malignari
First Known Use: 1542
MALIGNANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malignant for English Language Learners
medical : very serious and dangerous : tending or likely to grow and spread in a rapid and uncontrolled way that can cause death
: very evil
MALIGNANT Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of malignant
1: tending to produce death or deterioration malignant malaria; especially : tending to infiltrate, metastasize, and terminate fatally malignant tumors—compare benign 1
2: of unfavorable prognosis : not responding favorably to treatment psychotic reactions with a malignant trend
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