Definition of benign in English:

benign

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈnʌɪn
 
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adjective

  • 2 Medicine (Of a disease) not harmful in effect: a benign condition
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    • In actual fact, for the vast majority of cases, the childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting.
    • Her past medical history was significant only for an abdominal hysterectomy performed more than 10 years earlier for benign disease.
    • Levels exceeding 10 ng per mL are rarely due to benign disease.
  • 2.1(Of a tumour) not malignant: benign growths
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    • It is currently believed that most colorectal carcinomas start as benign adenomas that undergo malignant transformation into adenocarcinoma.
    • The difference between malignant and benign tumours is that malignant tumours have the ability to invade surrounding areas.
    • Pleomorphic adenoma is a benign neoplasm that occurs in major or minor salivary glands.
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benignity

noun
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  • He was bountiful to the poor and like a father to widows, and with benignity guided his people ever to righteousness, and controlled the violent, and lived happily in the true faith.
  • It is the state of tranquility, benignity and without comparison.
  • A calcified central nidus, a laminated pattern, diffuse calcifications or a ‘popcorn’ pattern all suggest benignity.

benignly

adverb
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  • The city bristles with billboards, the Chief Minister's face looking down benignly on commuters, urging them to pay their electricity bills on time and online.
  • Then the colonial governments had the idea, benignly intended, of protecting the peasant growers from the fluctuations of the marketplace.
  • The team looked on benignly because, at that stage, they were level and the game was turning their way.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French benigne, from Latin benignus, probably from bene 'well' + -genus '-born'. Compare with gentle1.

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