premalignant

adjective pre·ma·lig·nant \ ˌprē-mə-ˈlig-nənt \

Definition of premalignant

First Known Use of premalignant

1884

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premalignant

adjective pre·ma·lig·nant \ ˌprē-mə-ˈlig-nənt \

medical Definition of premalignant

: tending to become malignant : precancerous
  • a premalignant condition
  • One advantage to colonoscopy is that possible cancerous lesions can be biopsied, and premalignant polyps can be removed during the same procedure.
  • —Jane E. BrodyThe New York Times13 May 1993
  • A skin condition called actinic keratosis is often a premalignant precursor of squamous cell carcinoma …
  • —Simeon Margolis et al.The Johns Hopkins White Papers1996

premalignancy

play \ˌprē-mə-ˈlig-nən-sē\ noun, plural -cies

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