Definition of Malignancy

1. Noun. (medicine) a malignant state; progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death.

Exact synonyms: Malignance
Terms within: Cancer Cell
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Generic synonyms: Disease
Specialized synonyms: Malignant Neoplasm, Malignant Tumor, Metastatic Tumor
Derivative terms: Malignant, Malignant

2. Noun. Quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will.
Exact synonyms: Malignance, Malignity
Generic synonyms: Evil, Evilness
Attributes: Malign
Antonyms: Benignancy, Benignity
Derivative terms: Malign

Definition of Malignancy

1. Noun. The state of being malignant or diseased. ¹

2. Noun. A malignant cancer; specifically, any neoplasm that is invasive or otherwise not benign. ¹

3. Noun. That which is malign; evil, depravity, malevolence. ¹

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Definition of Malignancy

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Medical Definition of Malignancy

1. (pl. Malignancies) a cancer. (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Malignancy

malicious gossip
malicious mischief
malicious prosecution
malignancy (current term)
malignancy and immunodeficiency
malignant anaemia
malignant anemia
malignant carcinoid syndrome
malignant catarrh
malignant catarrh of cattle
malignant catarrhal fever
malignant catarrhal fever virus
malignant ciliary epithelioma
malignant dysentery
malignant dyskeratosis
malignant endocarditis
malignant exophthalmos

Literary usage of Malignancy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Collected Papers by the Staff of Saint Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic by Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minn.) (1922)
"Before considering more in detail the use of radium and roentgen rays in the treatment of malignancy, I should like to emphasize briefly certain well known ..."

2. Diseases of the Thyroid Gland by Arthur Emanuel Hertzler, Victor Ernest Chesky (1922)
"malignancy There are those who speak of curing malignancy of the thyroid. ... When we have to do with suspected malignancy we may be pretty sure that either ..."

3. Two monographs on malaria and the parasites of malarial fevers by Amico Bignami, Julius Mannaberg, Ettore Marchiafava (1894)
"The most frequent forms of malignancy in the Roman Campagna— ... as regards the condition of the parasites—Causes of malignancy inferred from examining into ..."

4. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule (1891)
"I. Malice, malignity, bitte malignancy, I enmity, extreme malevolence. 3. ... I. Malice, malevolence, malicious- ness, malignancy, hatred, ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1904)
"THE malignancy OF SOME APPARENTLY BENIGN OVARIAN CYSTS. BY FRANK E. TAYLOR, M.Sc., MA, MB (Vicr.). FRCS (ENG.). Pathologist to the Chelsea Hospital for ..."

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