ne·​vus | \ ˈnē-vəs How to pronounce nevus (audio) \
plural nevi\ ˈnē-​ˌvī How to pronounce nevus (audio) \

Definition of nevus

: 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 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 A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984), Mrs. Danvers’ large facial nevus in ‘ The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 12 Apr. 2017 Durant, a retail IT consultant, had been diagnosed with a nevus – a usually harmless growth similar to a freckle – in his left eye in 2010. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, 22 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nevus

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nevus

New Latin, from Latin naevus

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“Nevus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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variants: or chiefly British naevus \ ˈnē-​vəs How to pronounce nevus (audio) \
plural nevi or chiefly British naevi\ -​ˌvī How to pronounce nevus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nevus

: 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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