- showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.
Origin of precancerous
1880–85; pre + cancerous
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The word ‘pre-cancerous’ occurred four times in the text, while ‘precancerous’ occurred twice, both in the index.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present
Peter Charles Remondino
- (esp of cells) displaying characteristics that may develop into cancer
- Of, relating to, or being a condition or lesion that typically precedes or develops into a cancer.
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