tumour
chiefly British variant of tumor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tumour — chiefly Brit var of TUMOR * * * n. any abnormal swelling in or on a part of the body. The term is usually applied to an abnormal growth of tissue, which may be benign or malignant. Compare cyst …   Medical dictionary

  • tumour — is spelt our in BrE and tumor in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • tumour — (US tumor) ► NOUN ▪ a swelling of a part of the body caused by an abnormal growth of tissue, whether benign or malignant. DERIVATIVES tumorous adjective. ORIGIN Latin tumor, from tumere to swell …   English terms 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

  • tumour — (BrE) (AmE tumor) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ cancerous, malignant ▪ benign ▪ primary ▪ inoperable ▪ …   Collocations 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

  • 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

  • tumour — [ fjuːmə] inoperable malignant tumour remove a tumour a benign to excise …   Combinatory 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

  • tumour — [16] Tumour is one of a small family of English words that go back ultimately to Latin tumēre ‘swell’. Others include contumacy, contumely, tumid ‘swollen’ [16], and tumult [15]. => CONTUMACY, CONTUMELY, THIGH, THUMB, TUMID, TUMULT …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • tumour — [[t]tju͟ːmə(r), AM tu͟ː [/t]] tumours N COUNT A tumour is a mass of diseased or abnormal cells that has grown in a person s or animal s body. (in AM, use tumor) …   English dictionary

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