Medical Dictionary: Neoplasm


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Neoplasm: Medical name for a new cell growth (including tumors and cancer)
Introduction: Neoplasm is a medical term that refers to a new growth of cells. Whereas "neo" means new and "plasm" refers to cells, the word refers to abnormal overgrowth of cells rather than healthy new cell growth. It is often used interchangeably with words such as tumor and cancer. The main use of the term neoplasm is in medical statistics that categorize deaths or other events, in which case neoplasm is typically the category that includes cancer statistics. A "benign neoplasm" usually refers to a benign tumor (non-cancerous$), whereas a "malignant neoplasm" usually refers to a cancerous tumor (i.e. cancer).
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Neoplasm: Another name for Tumor.
Neoplasm (condition): Any type of lump or swelling (not just cancers)
Neoplasm (condition): The word "tumor" actually refers to any type of lump or swelling in the body. Although common parlance is to use the word "tumor" in relation to cancer, cancer is only one type of tumor (i.e. a malignant tumor), and other types include benign tumors, cysts, abscess, etc. The word "neoplasm" is often used as the medical term for any cell overgrowth, including benign neoplasm (non-cancerous) and malignant neoplasm (cancerous). Any type of tumor needs prompt professional medical investigation.

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