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

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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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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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