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[nee-vuh s]
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noun, plural ne·vi [nee-vahy] /ˈni vaɪ/.
  1. any congenital anomaly of the skin, including moles and various types of birthmarks.
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Origin of nevus

1685–95; spelling variant of Latin naevus mole
Related formsne·void [nee-void] /ˈni vɔɪd/, adjective
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Related Words for nevus

freckle, blot, bruise, wart, blotch, smudge, imperfection, pimple, snag, stigma, stain, scar, discoloration, birthmark, nevus, mole, hemangioma, angioma, disgrace, disfigurement

British Dictionary definitions for nevus


noun plural -vi (-vaɪ)
  1. the usual US spelling of naevus
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nevus in Medicine


n. pl. ne•vi (-vī′)
  1. A congenital circumscribed growth or mark on the skin, such as a mole or birthmark, colored by hyperpigmentation or increased vascularity.
  2. A benign localized overgrowth of melanin-forming cells arising in the skin early in life.
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