What does the term malignant mean?

Listen to pronunciation. (muh-LIG-nunt) Cancerous. Malignant cells can invade and destroy nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

What does the medical term malignant mean?

Listen to pronunciation. (muh-LIG-nun-see) A term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues. Malignant cells can also spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Is malignant mean cancer?

Malignant tumors are cancerous. They develop when cells grow uncontrollably. If the cells continue to grow and spread, the disease can become life threatening. Malignant tumors can grow quickly and spread to other parts of the body in a process called metastasis.

Does malignant mean death?

In medicine, the term malignant usually refers to a medical condition that is considered dangerous or likely to cause death if untreated. Many diseases can be considered malignant when they are fatal if untreated.

Can malignancy be cured?

Treatment. There are no cures for any kinds of cancer, but there are treatments that may cure you. Many people are treated for cancer, live out the rest of their life, and die of other causes. Many others are treated for cancer and still die from it, although treatment may give them more time: even years or decades.

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What is difference between benign and malignant?

Tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors tend to grow slowly and do not spread. Malignant tumors can grow rapidly, invade and destroy nearby normal tissues, and spread throughout the body.

Are malignant tumors painful?

In its early stages, soft tissue malignant tumors rarely cause any symptoms. Because soft tissue is very elastic, the tumors can grow quite large before they are felt. The first symptom is usually a painless lump. As the tumor grows and begins to press against nearby nerves and muscles, pain or soreness can occur.

What is another term for malignant?

cancerous, deadly, destructive, fatal, lethal, mortal, internecine, pestilential, poisonous.

What disease is described as a serious malignant disease?

While it is often used interchangeably with cancer, the term is also used to describe medical and psychological conditions other than cancer that are dangerous or ominous. Synonyms of malignant in medicine include cancer, virulent, or malevolent.