- the quality or condition of being malignant.
- malignant character, behavior, action, or the like: the malignancies of war.
- a malignant tumor.
Also ma·lig·nance (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of malignancy
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Examples from the Web for malignancy
And it seemed that alcohol and tobacco worked together in toxic synergy to produce the malignancy.Michael Douglas Says Cunnilingus Caused His Oral Cancer. Really?!
June 3, 2013
What could save him if I disappointed the malignancy of Madame.The Bronze Hand
Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
Malignancy was rampant and Arnold was pursued with great bitterness.Washington and his Comrades in Arms
In poetry the characteristic most often attributed to a snake is malignancy.Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning
She did not see his face change and contort itself into malignancy.The Soul Stealer
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
If she was as good as she is bad there would be nothing to say against her; but her malignancy is intolerable.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr
Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
- the state or quality of being malignant
- pathol a cancerous growth
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Word Origin and History for malignancy
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- The state or quality of being malignant.
- A malignant tumor.
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