• What does malignant mean?

    Asked by LisaR on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    What does malignant mean?

    I mean, I know it means cancer, but what else?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      The easy definition is:

      Malignant = Cancerous
      Benign = Non-Cancerous

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Here is what wikipedia says: Malignancy (from Latin male "badly" + -gnus "born") is the tendency of a medical condition, especially tumors, to become progressively worse and to potentially result in death. Malignancy in cancers is characterized by anaplasia, invasiveness, and metastasis.[1]

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Actually, long before the medical community started using it, malignant meant evil, malevolent, malicious, deadly. As a medical term it means capable of invading into adjacent tissues, and may be capable of spreading to distant tissues.This medical definition applies to cancer as well as other medical conditions such as hypertension or hyperthermia where the condition can spread fro a primary area in the body to damage other areas of the body.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      LisaR, malignant is the type of growth that has the potential to move beyond its original location. Because of this it is not benign. Tickling cancer is correct in the definition. Hope this defines it more clearly, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago

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