Malignant

  • 1 Malignant — (from the Latin roots mal = bad and genus = born ) is a medical term used to describe a severe and progressively worsening disease. The term is most familiar as a description of cancer. A malignant tumor may be contrasted with a non cancerous… …

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  • 2 malignant — ma*lig nant, a. [L. malignans, antis, p. pr. of malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. See {Malign}, and cf. {Benignant}.] 1. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress; actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity;… …

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  • 3 malignant — (adj.) 1560s, in reference to diseases, from M.Fr. malignant and directly from L.L. malignantem (nom. malignans) acting from malice, prp. of malignare injure maliciously (see MALIGN (Cf. malign) (v.)). Earlier in the church malignant followers of …

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  • 4 Malignant — Ma*lig nant, n. 1. A man of extreme enmity or evil intentions. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Hist.) One of the adherents of Charles I. or Charles II.; so called by the opposite party. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 malignant — I adjective atrocious, baleful, baneful, barbarous, bitter, blackhearted, bloodthirsty, brutal, brutish, cancerous, caustic, cold blooded, coldhearted, consuming, corrosive, cruel, damaging, dangerous, deadly, death bringing, death dealing,… …

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  • 6 malignant — malign, malevolent, *malicious, spiteful Analogous words: virulent, venomous (see POISONOUS): *envious, jealous: baneful, noxious, *pernicious: diabolical, devilish, *fiendish Antonyms: benignant Contrasted words: benign, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 malignant — [adj] diseased cancerous, deadly, destructive, fatal, internecine, lethal, mortal, pestilential, poisonous; concept 314 Ant. benign, harmless, uncancerous …

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  • 8 malignant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) harmful; malevolent. 2) (of a tumour) tending to invade normal tissue or to recur after removal; cancerous. Contrasted with BENIGN(Cf. ↑benignly). ORIGIN originally in the sense «likely to rebel against God or authority»: from… …

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  • 9 malignant — [mə lig′nənt] adj. [LL malignans (gen. malignantis), prp. of malignare: see MALIGN] 1. having an evil influence; malign 2. wishing evil; very malevolent or malicious 3. very harmful 4. very dangerous or virulent; causing or likely to cause death; …

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  • 10 malignant — [[t]məlɪ̱gnənt[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A malignant tumour or disease is out of control and likely to cause death. [MEDICAL] She developed a malignant breast tumour. Ant: benign 2) ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is malignant, you think they are …

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  • 11 malignant — 1. Resistant to treatment; occurring in severe form, and frequently fatal; tending to become worse and leading to an ingravescent course. 2. In reference to a neoplasm, having the property of locally invasive and destructive growth and metastasis …

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  • 12 malignant — malicious, malign, malignant, malevolent 1. All four words are connected with doing harm or evil (from Latin malus), but there are important differences. Malicious means ‘intending to do harm’ and is associated with people (or occasionally… …

    Modern English usage

  • 13 malignant — adjective Etymology: Late Latin malignant , malignans, present participle of malignari Date: circa 1545 1. a. obsolete malcontent, disaffected b. evil in nature, influence, or effect ; injurious c. passionately and relentlessly malevolent ; …

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  • 14 malignant — ma|lig|nant [məˈlıgnənt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , present participle of malignari; MALIGN1] 1.) medical a malignant disease is one such as ↑cancer, which can develop in an uncontrolled way and is likely to cause someone s… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 malignant — noun 1) a malignant disease Syn: virulent, very infectious, invasive, uncontrollable, dangerous, deadly, fatal, incurable, life threatening Ant: curable 2) a malignant growth Syn …

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  • 16 malignant — UK [məˈlɪɡnənt] / US adjective 1) medical a malignant tumour consists of cancer cells that can spread in the body a malignant growth/tumour 2) formal showing that you want to do something bad to someone a malignant glare Derived word: malignantly …

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  • 17 malignant — ma|lig|nant [ mə lıgnənt ] adjective 1. ) MEDICAL spreading or developing in a way that is not normal and is dangerous: a malignant growth/tumor 2. ) FORMAL showing that you want to do something bad to someone: a malignant glare ╾ ma|lig|nant|ly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 malignant — adjective 1 technical a malignant tumour, disease etc is one that develops uncontrollably and is likely to cause death compare benign (2) 2 formal showing hatred and a strong desire to harm someone: He advanced towards them with a malignant look …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 malignant — adj. 1 a (of a disease) very virulent or infectious (malignant cholera). b (of a tumour) tending to invade normal tissue and recur after removal; cancerous. 2 harmful; feeling or showing intense ill will. Phrases and idioms: malignant pustule a… …

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  • 20 malignant — Invasive In*va sive, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See {Invade}.] 1. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive. Invasive war. Hoole. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) tending to spread, especially tending to intrude into healthy… …

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