neoplasm ne·o·plasm (nē'ə-plāz'əm)
An abnormal new growth of tissue that grows by cellular proliferation more rapidly than normal, continues to grow after the stimuli that initiated the new growth cease, shows partial or complete lack of structural organization and functional coordination with the normal tissue, and usually forms a distinct mass of tissue which may be either benign or malignant.
|neoplasm (nē'ə-plāz'əm) Pronunciation Key
An abnormal growth of tissue in animals or plants. Neoplasms can be benign or malignant. Also called tumor.
neoplastic adjective (nē'ə-plās'tĭk)