- benign hypertension,
- benign inoculation lymphoreticulosis,
- benign juvenile melanoma,
- benign migratory glossitis,
- benign mucosal pemphigoid
Origin of benign
Examples from the Web for benign
Even its benign forms—the resurgence of modest dress norms in Jewish communities, for example—perpetuate this idea.
Unstoppable or not, John H has seen little in his 38 years to persuade him progress is benign.The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel|Wendy Smith|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not some benign magical sleep as shown on TV, where people wake up a year later and are instantly back to normal.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eric lobbies for an industry of benign usefulness, non-partisan in nature, and over which no cloud of serious controversy looms.
Benign secondary headaches include headaches associated with the cold, flu, or sinus infections.
Mrs. Ducklow was going on in wild, accusatory accents, when she recognized the benign countenance.
We come hither to testify our veneration and our affection for our benign Alma Mater.The History of Dartmouth College|Baxter Perry Smith
All life is cannibalism, benign or not: we are still eating the dinosaurs.West Of The Sun|Edgar Pangborn
The children came to her as to an omnipotent and benign being.Emily Fox-Seton|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Her face and demeanour seemed to have the benign masculinity of a man's.The Pretty Lady |Arnold E. Bennett
Word Origin for benign
early 14c., from Old French benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Modern French bénin, fem. bénigne), from Latin benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," literally "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), generous. Related: Benignly.
A descriptive term for conditions that present no danger to life or well-being. Benign is the opposite of malignant.