nevus

nevus

[nee-vuhs]
noun, plural nevi [nee-vahy] .
any congenital anomaly of the skin, including moles and various types of birthmarks.

Origin:
1685–95; spelling variant of Latin naevus mole

nevoid [nee-void] , adjective
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naevus or nevus (ˈniːvəs)
 
n , pl -vi
any congenital growth or pigmented blemish on the skin; birthmark or mole
 
[C19: from Latin; related to (g)natus born, produced by nature]
 
nevus or nevus (ˈniːvəs, -vaɪ)
 
n
 
[C19: from Latin; related to (g)natus born, produced by nature]
 
'naevoid or nevus
 
adj
 
'nevoid or nevus
 
adj

nevus (ˈniːvəs)
 
n , pl -vi
the usual US spelling of naevus

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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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nevus

congenital skin lesion, or birthmark, caused by abnormal pigmentation or by proliferation of blood vessels and other dermal or epidermal structures. Nevi may be raised or may spread along the surface of the skin. In other types, such as the blue nevus, proliferative tissue is buried deep within the dermis, the lower layer of the skin

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