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malignancy

[muh-lig-nuh n-see] /məˈlɪg nən si/
noun, plural malignancies for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or condition of being malignant.
2.
malignant character, behavior, action, or the like:
the malignancies of war.
3.
a malignant tumor.
Also, malignance (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; malign(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonmalignance, noun
nonmalignancy, noun, plural nonmalignancies.
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British Dictionary definitions for malignancy

malignancy

/məˈlɪɡnənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the state or quality of being malignant
2.
(pathol) a cancerous growth
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Word Origin and History for malignancy
n.

c.1600, "malignant nature," from malignant + -cy. Of growths, tumors, from 1680s.

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malignancy in Medicine

malignancy ma·lig·nan·cy (mə-lĭg'nən-sē)
n.

  1. The state or quality of being malignant.

  2. A malignant tumor.

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