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neoplasm

Pronunciation: ne'o-plazm

Definition: An abnormal tissue that grows by cellular proliferation more rapidly than normal and continues to grow after the stimuli that initiated the new growth cease. Neoplasms show partial or complete lack of structural organization and functional coordination with the normal tissue, and usually form a distinct mass of tissue that may be either benign (benign tumor) or malignant (cancer).

Synonym(s): new growth, tumor2

[neo- + G. plasma, thing formed]

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