Definition of Tumour

1. Noun. An abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose.

Definition of Tumour

1. Noun. (British spelling) (alternative spelling of tumor) ¹

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Definition of Tumour

1. tumor [n -S] - See also: tumor

Medical Definition of Tumour

1. 1. An abnormal mass of tissue that results from excessive cell division that is uncontrolled and progressive, also called a neoplasm. Tumours perform no useful body function. They may be either benign (not cancerous) or malignant. 2. Swelling, one of the cardinal signs of inflammations, morbid enlargement. Origin: L. Tumere = to swell (12 May 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tumour

tumour (current term)
tumour-infiltrating lymphocyte
tumour-specific transplantation antigens
tumour angiogenesis factor
tumour angiogenic factor
tumour antigens
tumour burden
tumour cell
tumour debulking
tumour embolism
tumour escape
tumour initiation
tumour lysis syndrome
tumour marker

Literary usage of Tumour

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"He first noticed, about three years before, a small tumour behind the soft palate, ... I found the tumour filling the pharynx, extending'upwards to the ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"Again, it is beyond doubt that occasionally a tumour, which for years has been void of the least taint of malignancy, may become converted into an active ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"This turning-point of Indian historical research was communicated to James Prinsep and published by him, with a supplementary paper by tumour himself, ..."

4. The Lancet (1898)
"This ligature causes gangrene of the tumour and the portion of liver beyond the ligature. At the end of ten days or leas the ..."

5. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1878)
"This mucous covering dips down from the tumour to join the skin, ... In addition to this tumour there are four smaller ones about the size of peas, ..."

6. A System of Surgery by Frederick Treves, Sir Charles B Ball (1896)
"The tumour is traceable upwards beneath the ribs. 3. tumours of the suprarenal capsule often encroach on and in great part destroy the kidney. ..."

7. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1855)
"The capsule part of the tumour is white, very thick, sometimes of considerable ... The removal of such a tumour is most easily effected by dividing it, ..."

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