One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A swelling of a part of the body, generally without inflammation, caused by an abnormal growth of tissue, whether benign or malignant.
cancerous growth, malignant growth, cancer, malignancyView synonyms
- ‘Malignant brain tumors can grow rapidly, crowding or destroying nearby brain tissue.’
- ‘Malignant brain tumors grow and spread into neighboring tissues rapidly.’
- ‘Cancer happens when some of the cells multiply in an abnormal way, causing a growth called a tumour to form.’
- ‘Malignant tumors usually are associated with ascites and demonstrate rapid growth.’
- ‘Malignant tumors have the ability to transfer disease from organ to another.’
- ‘The difference between malignant and benign tumours is that malignant tumours have the ability to invade surrounding areas.’
- ‘Cancer of the throat can involve malignant tumors on the vocal cords, voice box, or other areas of the throat.’
- ‘Malignant tumours are the real cancers and they behave quite differently from benign tumours.’
- ‘Given the slow growth of prostatic tumors, such a delay should not affect treatment outcomes.’
- ‘An appropriate strength sun block will minimise the risks of burning, with its associated risk of malignant tumours.’
- ‘The knee is the most common joint involved in both benign and malignant tumors.’
- ‘In the brain, both malignant and benign tumours can be harmful because they increase pressure in the skull.’
- ‘One theory is that the rate at which tumor cells die is too slow to keep pace with the rapid growth and mutation of tumors in the body.’
- ‘Both benign and malignant tumors showed ulceration of the overlying mucosa.’
- ‘These tumors can kill your body's healthy tissues and spread to other parts of your body.’
- ‘Benign tumors called neurofibromas are found on or under the skin or along the nerves of the body.’
- ‘A benign glomus tumor surrounding a malignant area is found in about half of the cases.’
- ‘My wife had a bad experience, she had the most malignant of the brain tumours that can occur.’
- ‘One of the commonest reasons for undertaking a biopsy is to establish whether a tumour is malignant or benign.’
- ‘It is important to remember that in a lot of cases tumours are benign (not cancerous).’
- 1.1archaic A swelling of any kind.
Late Middle English: from Latin tumor, from tumere ‘to swell’.
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