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
Meanwhile, Pettey warns that cancers of the eye itself, including squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas, also can result from sun exposure.
In the new study, all 377 patients were hospitalized for abdominal surgeries, about 90 percent of them involving removal of a malignant tumor.
Doctors removed her uterus, her ovaries, appendix, a foot of her colon and several liters of malignant fluid to eradicate a series of tumors.
The device had sprayed malignant cells around inside Dr. Reed’s abdomen, leaving her with an advanced, Stage 4 cancer.
This type of behavior has been a consistent Knicks malpractice that has turned distressingly malignant during the listing team presidency of Phil Jackson.
Rylee was transported to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, where doctors removed the malignant tumor, Medulloblastoma, on her brain stem, her family said.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of malignant
Late Latin malignant-, malignans, present participle of malignari
First Known Use: 1542See Words from the same year
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
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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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