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precancerous

[pree-kan-ser-uh s] /priˈkæn sər əs/
adjective
1.
showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.
Origin of precancerous
1880-1885
1880-85; pre + cancerous
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British Dictionary definitions for precancerous

precancerous

adjective
1.
(esp of cells) displaying characteristics that may develop into cancer
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precancerous in Medicine

precancerous pre·can·cer·ous (prē-kān'sər-əs)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a condition or lesion that typically precedes or develops into a cancer.

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