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MALIGNANCY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does malignancy mean? 

MALIGNANCY (noun)
  The noun MALIGNANCY has 2 senses:

1. (medicine) a malignant state; progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death
2. quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will

  Familiarity information: MALIGNANCY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MALIGNANCY (noun)


Sense 1malignancy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(medicine) a malignant state; progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

malignance; malignancy

Hypernyms ("malignancy" is a kind of...):

disease (an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning)

Meronyms (parts of "malignancy"):

cancer cell (a cell that is part of a malignant tumor)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "malignancy"):

malignant neoplasm; malignant tumor; metastatic tumor (a tumor that is malignant and tends to spread to other parts of the body)


Sense 2malignancy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

malignance; malignancy; malignity

Hypernyms ("malignancy" is a kind of...):

evil; evilness (the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice)

Attribute:

malign (evil or harmful in nature or influence)

Antonym:

benignancy (the quality of being kind and gentle)


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