ne·​vus ˈnē-vəs How to pronounce nevus (audio)
plural nevi ˈnē-ˌvī How to pronounce nevus (audio)
: a congenital or acquired usually highly pigmented area on the skin that is either flat or raised : mole

Examples of nevus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gloria Aste has amassed a following on TikTok by creating awareness for giant congenital melanocytic nevus — a birthmark that people often confuse for a blackout tattoo. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Unlike other eye freckles, a choroidal nevus occurs inside your eye. Anthea Levi, Health, 30 Oct. 2023 Ansley Martin didn’t start her TikTok account to talk about her giant congenital melanocytic nevus, a rare skin condition on her leg marked by dark lesions. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 27 July 2023 To find the right signaling molecule, his team carefully isolated melanocytes from nevus tissues to study individually. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 12 July 2023 According to the US National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus resource, a mole—technically known as a nevus—is a growth on the skin that happens when cells called melanocytes grow in a cluster. Seraphina Seow,, 26 May 2021 Luna Fenner’s family will travel to Russia to have the girl treated for congenital melanocytic nevus, Luna’s mother, Carol Fenner, told Inside Edition. Char Adams,, 26 Sep. 2019 Since then Jones has gotten treatment for John’s skin condition, which veterinarian diagnosed as inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus (ILVEN). Kelli Bender,, 12 Sep. 2019 Marissa Dees, 28, recently opened up to the Daily Mail about her congenital melanocytic nevus, a disorder that leads to large birthmarks and moles. Lily Herman, Allure, 6 Sep. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin naevus

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nevus was in 1684

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“Nevus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British naevus
plural nevi or chiefly British naevi -ˌvī How to pronounce nevus (audio)
: a congenital or acquired usually highly pigmented area on the skin that is either flat or raised : mole see blue nevus, junctional nevus, spider nevus

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