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[pree-kan-ser-uh s]
  1. showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.
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Origin of precancerous

1880–85; pre + cancerous
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Historical Examples of precancerous

  • The word ‘pre-cancerous’ occurred four times in the text, while ‘precancerous’ occurred twice, both in the index.

    History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present

    Peter Charles Remondino

British Dictionary definitions for precancerous


  1. (esp of cells) displaying characteristics that may develop into cancer
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precancerous in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or being a condition or lesion that typically precedes or develops into a cancer.
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