ne·​vus | \ ˈnē-vəs How to pronounce nevus (audio) \
plural nevi\ ˈnē-​ˌvī How to pronounce nevi (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 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,, "Baby Born with Rare Skin Condition Will Have Batman-Shaped Face Patch Removed," 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,, "Meet Kasey! Puppy Mill Survivor and Winner of the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest," 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, "This Woman Was Mocked for Her Birthmarks — Now She's Speaking Out About Her Condition," 6 Sep. 2017 A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984), Mrs. Danvers’ large facial nevus in ‘ The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Movie villains are marked by bad skin conditions. Dermatologists aren’t happy.," 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, "As studies of a rare eye cancer in a small town continue, the number of cases grows," 22 June 2017

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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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The first known use of nevus was in 1684

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15 Nov 2019

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“Nevus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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