malignancy

[ muh-lig-nuh n-see ]
/ məˈlɪg nən si /

noun, plural ma·lig·nan·cies for 2, 3.

the quality or condition of being malignant.
malignant character, behavior, action, or the like: the malignancies of war.
a malignant tumor.

Nearby words

  1. malicious,
  2. malicious mischief,
  3. maliciously,
  4. maliciousness,
  5. malign,
  6. malignant,
  7. malignant anemia,
  8. malignant bubo,
  9. malignant ciliary epithelioma,
  10. malignant dyskeratosis

Also ma·lig·nance (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of malignancy

First recorded in 1595–1605; malign(ant) + -ancy

Related formsnon·ma·lig·nance, nounnon·ma·lig·nan·cy, noun, plural non·ma·lig·nan·cies.

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British Dictionary definitions for malignance

malignancy

/ (məˈlɪɡnənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being malignant
pathol a cancerous growth
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Word Origin and History for malignance

malignancy

n.

c.1600, "malignant nature," from malignant + -cy. Of growths, tumors, from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for malignance

malignancy

[ mə-lĭgnən-sē ]

n.

The state or quality of being malignant.
A malignant tumor.

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