non·​can·​cer·​ous ˌnän-ˈkan(t)s-rəs How to pronounce noncancerous (audio)
: not affected with or being cancer
noncancerous patients
noncancerous tumors

Examples of noncancerous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warts are a type of noncancerous skin growth that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Lacey Muinos, Verywell Health, 3 May 2024 These are noncancerous growths in the uterus that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and pressure. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 18 Apr. 2024 It was thought that her condition was noncancerous and that the surgery had been successful, Kate said Friday in a rare video message. Max Burman, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2024 The palace did not elaborate on the reasons for the procedure, confirming only that the condition is noncancerous. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 29 Jan. 2024 Colon polyps are mostly benign (noncancerous), but some can become cancerous.16 Endocrine disorders: These include diabetes and hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland). Steph Coelho, Health, 10 Feb. 2024 While her diagnosis was kept private, it is known to be noncancerous. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Little had been misdiagnosed a few months earlier, initially with a noncancerous fibroid tumor, common in young Black women and something that runs in her family. Essence, 1 Nov. 2023 Uterine fibroids Uterine fibroids are common during the childbearing years, but pregnancy further stimulates these noncancerous growths. Rebecca Stewart, Parents, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncancerous was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Noncancerous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​can·​cer·​ous -ˈkan(t)s-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce noncancerous (audio)
variants or non-cancerous
: not affected with or being cancer : not cancerous
noncancerous patients
noncancerous tumors
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