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malignant

Pronunciation: ma-lig'nant

Definition:

  1. 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.

[L. maligno, pres. p. -ans (ant-), to do anything maliciously]

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