Definition of neoplasm in English:


Line breaks: neo|plasm
Pronunciation: /ˈniːə(ʊ)plaz(ə)m


  • A new and abnormal growth of tissue in a part of the body, especially as a characteristic of cancer: carcinoma of the cervix is a common neoplasm in women [mass noun]: colonic neoplasm may be missed in some patients
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    • Histologic sections of the tumor revealed a malignant neoplasm with a diffuse growth pattern.
    • Lipomas, hemangiomas, neuromas, and fibromas are benign neoplasms that occur in the neck.
    • For girls, the 2 causes of death with the highest crude rates were malignant neoplasms and ischemic heart disease.


mid 19th century: from neo- 'new' + Greek plasma 'formation' (see plasma).

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