Tumor



a swollen part; swelling; protuberance.
an uncontrolled, abnormal, circumscribed growth of cells in any animal or plant tissue; neoplasm.
Archaic.

inflated pride; haughtiness.
pompous language; bombast.

Contemporary Examples

That something unexpected was a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his chest.
When Harry Met Cancer Itay Hod April 9, 2014

But the reasoning only made sense if the tumor grew in a linear, predictable way.
How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer ProPublica April 22, 2014

I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas.
Advice From Steve Jobs on Living and Dying Steve Jobs January 13, 2009

In 1977, she discovered a tumor, one which could have left her paralyzed.
The Messiah from Nevada Rebecca Dana October 20, 2010

If a mutation makes a single cell deaf to the needs of its body, it can develop into a tumor.
‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health Carl Zimmer June 16, 2012

Historical Examples

On auscultation a blowing murmur may, in some instances, be heard over the tumor.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

If the tumor is large, more than one incision may be necessary.
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture

Percussion yields a sound of muffled resonance, due to the tubular nature of the tumor.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

The name of a syphilitic swelling or tumor is gumma (plural, gummata).
Woman William J. Robinson

And in the parotitis, or mumps, the breasts of women swell, when the tumor of the parotitis subsides.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin

n.

1540s, from Latin tumor “swelling, condition of being swollen,” from tumere “to swell” (see thigh).

tumor tu·mor (tōō’mər, tyōō’-)
n.

An abnormal growth of tissue resulting from uncontrolled, progressive multiplication of cells and serving no physiological function; a neoplasm.

A swollen part; a swelling.

tumor
(t’mər)
See neoplasm. See Note at cancer.

An abnormal mass of new tissue growth that serves no function in the body. Tumors are usually classified as benign or malignant and are often caused by cancer.

noun

The stomach: eliminating the protruding tummy

[1869+; fr a childish pronunciation of stomach]

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