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[nee-vuh s] /ˈni vəs/
noun, plural nevi
[nee-vahy] /ˈni vaɪ/ (Show IPA)
any congenital anomaly of the skin, including moles and various types of birthmarks.
Origin of nevus
1685-95; spelling variant of Latin naevus mole
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[nee-void] /ˈni vɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nevus


noun (pl) -vi (-vaɪ)
the usual US spelling of naevus
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nevus in Medicine

nevus ne·vus (nē'vəs)
n. pl. ne·vi (-vī')

  1. A congenital circumscribed growth or mark on the skin, such as a mole or a birthmark, colored by hyperpigmentation or increased vascularity.

  2. A benign localized overgrowth of melanin-forming cells arising in the skin early in life.

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