Definition of neoplasm in English:



  • A new and abnormal growth of tissue in some part of the body, especially as a characteristic of cancer.

    ‘carcinoma of the cervix is a common neoplasm in women’
    • ‘colonic neoplasm may be missed in some patients’
    • ‘Histologic sections of the tumor revealed a malignant neoplasm with a diffuse growth pattern.’
    • ‘Lipomas, hemangiomas, neuromas, and fibromas are benign neoplasms that occur in the neck.’
    • ‘For girls, the 2 causes of death with the highest crude rates were malignant neoplasms and ischemic heart disease.’
    • ‘Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon neoplasm yet it is the most common primary malignancy of the pleura.’
    • ‘A related neoplasm, the carcinoid tumor, is another rare lesion in the esophagus.’



/ˈnēəˌplazəm/ /ˈniəˌplæzəm/


Mid 19th century from neo-‘new’ + Greek plasma ‘formation’ (see plasma).