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neoplastic

[ nee-uh-plas-tik ]

adjective

  1. Pathology. being or relating to the new, often uncontrolled growth of abnormal tissue:

    The telomerase enzyme is a marker for tumor cells, but the genetic alterations that activate it during neoplastic transformation remain a mystery.

  2. Fine Arts. relating to or characteristic of neoplasticism or the de Stijl school, which favors rectangular forms and the use of black, white, and the primary colors:

    Kerdil’s design for this bright, three-compartment vase was inspired by Mondrian's neoplastic paintings.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of neoplastic1

First recorded in 1845–50, for an earlier sense; neo- ( def ) + -plastic ( def )

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Example Sentences

There are many neoplastic persuasions and toxic suggestions that must be treated with tact and firmness.

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