- 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