pre·​ma·​lig·​nant ˌprē-mə-ˈlig-nənt How to pronounce premalignant (audio)

Examples of premalignant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enter Email Sign Up Overall, colorectal cancer is on the decline, largely because more people over 50 are being screened by colonoscopy, which can prevent cancer by detecting and removing premalignant polyps. Teddy Amenabar,, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premalignant was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Premalignant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


pre·​ma·​lig·​nant ˌprē-mə-ˈlig-nənt How to pronounce premalignant (audio)
: 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. Brody, The New York Times
A skin condition called actinic keratosis is often a premalignant precursor of squamous cell carcinoma …Simeon Margolis et al., The Johns Hopkins White Papers
premalignancy noun
plural premalignancies
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