malignancy

[ muh-lig-nuhn-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.

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Origin of malignancy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM malignancy

non·ma·lig·nance, nounnon·ma·lig·nan·cy, noun, plural non·ma·lig·nan·cies.
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British Dictionary definitions for malignancy

malignancy
/ (məˈlɪɡnənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being malignant
pathol a cancerous growth
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Medical definitions for malignancy

malignancy
[ mə-lĭgnən-sē ]

n.

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