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malignancy Syllabification: ma·lig·nan·cy
Pronunciation: /məˈliɡnənsē/

Definition of malignancy in English:

noun (plural malignancies)

1The state or presence of a malignant tumor; cancer: after biopsy, evidence of malignancy was found
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  • We found no evidence of malignancy, but dysplastic changes were present in the glandular cells.
  • Poor prognostic indicators include poorly responsive disease, delay in diagnosis and the presence of malignancy.
  • Examination of cells under the microscope to identify the presence of malignancy.
1.1A cancerous growth.
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  • Can prolonged administration of endothelial antiapoptotic agents influence the growth of malignancies?
  • Alternatively, infiltrating microglia near a focus of radiation necrosis may be mistaken for a malignancy in a treated glioma.
  • When the mutation occurs in a cell, it essentially takes the brakes off the cell's growth, causing a malignancy.
1.2A form of cancer: diffuse malignancies such as leukemia
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  • The most common clinical presentation of urachal malignancy is hematuria, especially in carcinomas.
  • Patients with this malignancy most often present with a cervical mass from metastatic spread to a lymph node.
  • A child with this malignancy can present acutely with severe dyspnea and, occasionally, superior vena cava syndrome.
2The quality of being malign or malevolent: her eyes sparkled with renewed malignancy
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  • By the very nature of what it is, Empires are malignant, not benign though they cloak this malignancy with shallow kindness.
  • We know we harbor the same malignancy and malice, the same greed and injustice that we detest in others.
  • I get angry, but I don't hate because hate causes malignancy in me, not the person I'm hating.

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