precancerous

[ pree-kan-ser-uh s ]
/ priˈkæn sər əs /

adjective

showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.

Origin of precancerous

1880–85; pre + cancerous
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British Dictionary definitions for precancerous

precancerous


adjective

(esp of cells) displaying characteristics that may develop into cancer
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Medicine definitions for precancerous

precancerous

[ prē-kănsər-əs ]

adj.

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