[ nee-uh-plaz-uh m ]
/ ˈni əˌplæz əm /

noun Pathology.

a new, often uncontrolled growth of abnormal tissue; tumor.

Origin of neoplasm

1860–65; neo- + plasm


ne·o·plas·tic [nee-uh-plas-tik] /ˌni əˈplæs tɪk/, adjective

Definition for neoplastic (2 of 2)

[ nee-oh-plas-tuh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˌni oʊˈplæs təˌsɪz əm /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter) Fine Arts.

the theory and practice of the de Stijl school, chiefly characterized by an emphasis on the formal structure of a work of art, and restriction of spatial or linear relations to vertical and horizontal movements as well as restriction of the artist's palette to black, white, and the primary colors.

Origin of neoplasticism

< French néo-plasticisme (1920); see neo-, + plastic (adjective) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM neoplasticism

ne·o·plas·tic, adjectivene·o·plas·ti·cist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neoplastic (1 of 2)

/ (ˈniːəʊˌplæzəm) /


pathol any abnormal new growth of tissue; tumour

Derived forms of neoplasm

neoplastic (ˌniːəʊˈplæstɪk), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for neoplastic (2 of 2)

/ (ˌniːəʊˈplæstɪˌsɪzəm) /


the style of abstract painting evolved by Mondrian and the Dutch de Stijl movement, characterized by the use of horizontal and vertical lines and planes and by black, white, grey, and primary colours
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Medicine definitions for neoplastic

[ nēə-plăz′əm ]


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.

Other words from neoplasm

ne′o•plastic (-plăstĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for neoplastic

[ nēə-plăz′əm ]

An abnormal growth of tissue in animals or plants. Neoplasms can be benign or malignant. Also called tumor

Other words from neoplasm

neoplastic adjective (nē′ə-plăstĭk)
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