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nevus

Syllabification: ne·vus
Pronunciation: /ˈnēvəs
 
/
(British naevus)

Definition of nevus in English:

noun (plural nevi /-ˌvī/)

A birthmark or a mole on the skin, especially a birthmark in the form of a raised red patch.
Example sentences
  • On physical examination, no clinically atypical or suspicious nevi were observed on the skin or scalp.
  • I was born in the United States in 1955 and by the age of 4 months had developed a strawberry naevus on my neck.
  • Treatment required removing the nevus and resurfacing the child's body with skin grafts.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin.

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