neo·​plasm | \ˈnē-ə-ˌpla-zəm \

Definition of neoplasm 

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Examples of neoplasm in a Sentence

removed a neoplasm from the patient's abdomen

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Decreases in the probability of death in the US might have been influenced by declines in the prevalence of HIV and AIDS across all states, as well as declines in road injuries and neoplasms or tumors, the researchers noted in the study. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "The states where disease and death are highest: A visual guide," 10 Apr. 2018 In October 2014, Bochco received a stem cell transplant from a 23-year-old man named Jon Kayne, which helped Bochco temporarily beat back a rare form of leukemia called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'NYPD Blue,' 'LA Law,' 'Hill Street Blues' creator Steven Bochco dead at 74," 1 Apr. 2018 Impact Biomedicines focuses on treatments for patients with related cancers that are classified as myeloproliferative neoplasms, according to the company’s website. Reuters,, "Celgene might buy San Diego cancer drug developer for $7B," 7 Jan. 2018 The donations were used to fulfill wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses such as Bennett, a 7-year-old with malignant neoplasm of the brain stem. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land Orangetheory trainers turn the tables, partner with Make-A-Wish for charity," 2 Jan. 2018 Tom Foxx has a malignant neoplasm of the lower lobe in his lung. Keith Bierygolick,, "‘Mom, you’re not a drug addict. You don’t understand.’," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of neoplasm

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoplasm

borrowed from German Neoplasma, from neo- neo- + -plasma -plasm (perhaps as Greco-Latin rendering of German Neubildung, Gewebsneubildung)

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The first known use of neoplasm was in 1863

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neo·​plasm | \ˈnē-ə-ˌplaz-əm \

Medical Definition of neoplasm 

: a new growth of tissue serving no physiological function : tumor

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