- a new, often uncontrolled growth of abnormal tissue; tumor.
Origin of neoplasm
1860–65; neo- + plasm
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A tumour or neoplasm is a localised swelling composed of newly formed tissue which fulfils no physiological function.Manual of Surgery
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The cells of the neoplasm may undergo fatty degeneration, or they may become cornified.
- pathol any abnormal new growth of tissue; tumour
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Word Origin and History for neoplasm
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- An abnormal new growth of tissue that grows by cellular proliferation more rapidly than normal, continues to grow after the stimuli that initiated the new growth cease, shows partial or complete lack of structural organization and functional coordination with the normal tissue, and usually forms a distinct mass of tissue which may be either benign or malignant.
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- An abnormal growth of tissue in animals or plants. Neoplasms can be benign or malignant. Also called tumor
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