precancerous

adjective
pre·​can·​cer·​ous | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈkan(t)s-rəs How to pronounce precancerous (audio) , -ˈkan(t)-sə- \

Definition of precancerous

: tending to become cancerous a precancerous lesion

Examples of precancerous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later in the clip, however, Smith’s physician informs him that the gastroenterologist found a polyp — a precancerous legion — during the procedure, which was removed and sent to the lab. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Will Smith Films First Colonoscopy and Shares Video of Results: 'Gotta Get Our Health Right'," 8 Nov. 2019 Or if your abnormal Pap result showed signs of precancerous cells, your doctor may recommend a procedure like a colposcopy (cervical biopsy) to learn more. Rachel Grumman Bender, SELF, "Can You Go to the Gyno on Your Period or What?," 10 Sep. 2019 Exact Sciences, based in Madison, has developed a non-invasive test that analyzes stool samples for blood cells and DNA associated with colon cancer and precancerous growths. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exact Sciences to buy company with diagnostic test for breast cancer for $2.8 billion," 29 July 2019 There had been precancerous tumors, open wounds, unmanaged heart conditions, and more than a dozen people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who kept wheezing for air. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "‘Urgent needs from head to toe’: This clinic had two days to fix a lifetime of needs," 22 June 2019 Sunburns raise your risk for permanent skin damage and certain diseases, including premature aging, precancerous skin lesions, and skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Long a Sunburn Lasts Before Fading Away — And How to Make It Heal Faster," 17 Apr. 2019 The results, which appeared in The Lancet in 2001, showed that patients who applied the T4N5 developed significantly fewer cancerous and precancerous lesions than the placebo group. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, miamiherald, "Oral sex is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of precancerous

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Precancerous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precancerous. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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precancerous

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English Language Learners Definition of precancerous

medical : likely to become cancerous

precancerous

adjective
pre·​can·​cer·​ous | \ -ˈkan(t)s-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce precancerous (audio) \

Medical Definition of precancerous

: tending to become cancerous : premalignant a precancerous lesion

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