A term used to describe a condition that may (or is likely to) become cancer. Also called premalignant.

English dictionary of cancer terms . 2015.

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  • precancerous — [prē kan′sər əs] adj. that may or is likely to become cancerous [a precancerous mole] …   English World dictionary

  • precancerous — Pertaining to any lesion that is interpreted as precancer. SYN: premalignant. * * * pre·can·cer·ous kan(t)s (ə )rəs adj tending to become cancerous <a precancerous lesion> * * * adj. describing a nonmalignant condition that is known to… …   Medical dictionary

  • precancerous — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1882 tending to become cancerous < a precancerous lesion > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • precancerous — adj. describing a nonmalignant condition that is known to become malignant if left untreated. Leukoplakia of the vulva is known to be a precancerous condition. See also: metaplasia …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • precancerous — /pree kan seuhr euhs/, adj. showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy. [1880 85; PRE + CANCEROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • precancerous — adjective /priˈkænsərəs/ Of or pertaining to growth that is likely to develop into cancer. Syn: premalignant …   Wiktionary

  • precancerous — adj. premalignant, having undergone pathological changes that could eventually cause cancer …   English contemporary dictionary

  • precancerous — adjective Medicine (of a cell or medical condition) likely to develop into cancer if untreated …   English new terms dictionary

  • precancerous — pre·cancerous …   English syllables

  • precancerous — UK [priːˈkæns(ə)rəs] / US [ˌprɪˈkæns(ə)rəs] adjective medical certain to develop into cancer if the patient does not get medical treatment …   English dictionary

  • precancerous — pre•can•cer•ous [[t]priˈkæn sər əs[/t]] adj. pat showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

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