benign tumour
A clone of neoplastic cells that does not invade locally or metastasise, having lost growth control but not positional control. Usually surrounded by a fibrous capsule of compressed tissue.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • benign tumour — noun a tumor that is not cancerous • Syn: ↑benign tumor, ↑nonmalignant tumor, ↑nonmalignant tumour, ↑nonmalignant neoplasm • Hypernyms: ↑tumor, ↑tumour, ↑neoplasm …   Useful english dictionary

  • tumour — or neoplasm Mass of abnormal tissue that arises from normal cells, has no useful function, and tends to grow. Cell abnormalities may include increased size or number or loss of characteristics that differentiate their tissue of origin. Cells in… …   Universalium

  • benign — [[t]bɪna͟ɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use benign to describe someone who is kind, gentle, and harmless. They are normally a more benign audience... Critics of the scheme take a less benign view. Syn: charitable Derived words: benignly ADV …   English dictionary

  • benign — /bəˈnaɪn / (say buh nuyn) adjective 1. of a kind disposition; kind. 2. showing or caused by gentleness or kindness: a benign smile. 3. favourable; propitious: benign planets. 4. (of weather) salubrious. 5. Pathology not malignant: a benign tumour …   Australian English dictionary

  • benign tumor — noun a tumor that is not cancerous • Syn: ↑benign tumour, ↑nonmalignant tumor, ↑nonmalignant tumour, ↑nonmalignant neoplasm • Hypernyms: ↑tumor, ↑tumour, ↑neoplasm …   Useful english dictionary

  • tumour */ — UK [ˈtjuːmə(r)] / US [ˈtumər] noun [countable] Word forms tumour : singular tumour plural tumours a mass of cells in your body that grow in a way that is not normal. A benign tumour is harmless, and a malignant tumour can cause death She died of… …   English dictionary

  • benign — UK [bəˈnaɪn] / US adjective 1) medical a benign lump in your body or a benign disease is not cancer and will not kill you a benign tumour 2) formal kind and nice a benign smile a benign old gentleman Derived word: benignly adverb …   English dictionary

  • tumour — BrE, tumor AmE a mass of diseased cells in your body that have divided and increased too quickly: a brain tumour | malignant/benign tumour (=dangerous/harmless tumour) tumourous adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • benign — adjective 1) a benign grandfatherly role Syn: kindly, kind, warm hearted, good natured, friendly, genial, tender hearted, gentle, sympathetic, compassionate, caring, well disposed, benevolent 2) a benign climate …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • tumour — tu|mour BrE tumor AmE [ˈtju:mə US ˈtu:mər] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: tumere to swell ] a mass of diseased cells in your body that have divided and increased too quickly ▪ a brain tumour malignant/benign tumour (=caused by or not caused …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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