showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.
Origin of precancerous
1880–85; pre + cancerous
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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
(esp of cells) displaying characteristics that may develop into cancer
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Of, relating to, or being a condition or lesion that typically precedes or develops into a cancer.
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