- 1(Of a disease) very virulent or infectious.More example sentences
virulent, very infectious, invasive, uncontrollable, dangerous, deadly, fatal, incurable, life-threatening
- But neither of these processes is suitable for patients with infection or malignant disease.
- Leon and Davey-Smith now show how a childhood infection may influence the epidemiology of malignant disease several decades later.
- Patients with severe neutropenia with fever or signs of infection and those with evidence of malignant disease should be hospitalized.
- 1.1(Of a tumor) tending to invade normal tissue or to recur after removal; cancerous. Contrasted with benign.More example sentences
- Asbestosis is frequently accompanied by malignant tumors, such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.
- The difference between malignant and benign tumours is that malignant tumours have the ability to invade surrounding areas.
- We describe a case of a highly malignant primary liver tumor in an elderly woman.
- 2Malevolent: in the hands of malignant fateMore example sentences
- Too often the malignant evil in society shows up in how we treat our children.
- The root cause is not so much the drugs trade, as the malignant rat-like nature of the human race.
- What evil, malignant Commie menace could be behind this predicament?
mid 16th century (also in the sense 'likely to rebel against God or authority'): from late Latin malignant- 'contriving maliciously', from the verb malignare. The term was used in its early sense to describe those sympathetic to the royalist cause during the English Civil War (1642–49).