- a swollen part; swelling; protuberance.
- an uncontrolled, abnormal, circumscribed growth of cells in any animal or plant tissue; neoplasm.
- inflated pride; haughtiness.
- pompous language; bombast.
Also especially British, tu·mour.
Origin of tumor
1535–45; < Latin: a swelling, swollen state, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -or -or1
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Examples from the Web for tumour
At the end of a month, no trace of the tumour was discoverable.
This tumour I examined every four or five years for above thirty years.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Cold water is then thrown against the spot where the tumour lies.
If the tumour is discovered early, its growth may be entirely stopped by this means.
There is transmitted pulsation in the tumour, but no expansion.
- any abnormal swelling
- a mass of tissue formed by a new growth of cells, normally independent of the surrounding structures
- obsolete pompous style or language
C16: from Latin, from tumēre to swell
Word Origin and History for tumour
1540s, from Latin tumor "swelling, condition of being swollen," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An abnormal growth of tissue resulting from uncontrolled, progressive multiplication of cells and serving no physiological function; a neoplasm.
- A swollen part; a swelling.
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