(a) tumour

(a) tumour
   Originally, any swelling, as with Dryden's tender tumour, or erect penis.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • tumour specific antigen — (= tumour specific transplantation antigen; TSTA) Antigen on tumour cells detected by cell mediated immunity. For virus transformed cells TSTA (unlike T antigen) is found to differ for different individual tumours induced by the same virus. May… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • tumour — chiefly Brit var of TUMOR * * * n. any abnormal swelling in or on a part of the body. The term is usually applied to an abnormal growth of tissue, which may be benign or malignant. Compare cyst …   Medical dictionary

  • tumour — is spelt our in BrE and tumor in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • tumour — (US tumor) ► NOUN ▪ a swelling of a part of the body caused by an abnormal growth of tissue, whether benign or malignant. DERIVATIVES tumorous adjective. ORIGIN Latin tumor, from tumere to swell …   English terms dictionary

  • tumour — or neoplasm Mass of abnormal tissue that arises from normal cells, has no useful function, and tends to grow. Cell abnormalities may include increased size or number or loss of characteristics that differentiate their tissue of origin. Cells in… …   Universalium

  • tumour suppressor gene — ▪ pathology also called  Anti oncogene,         any of a class of genes that are normally involved in regulating cell growth but that may become cancer causing when damaged. Tumour suppressor genes encode for proteins that are involved in… …   Universalium

  • tumour — (BrE) (AmE tumor) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ cancerous, malignant ▪ benign ▪ primary ▪ inoperable ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • tumour */ — UK [ˈtjuːmə(r)] / US [ˈtumər] noun [countable] Word forms tumour : singular tumour plural tumours a mass of cells in your body that grow in a way that is not normal. A benign tumour is harmless, and a malignant tumour can cause death She died of… …   English dictionary

  • tumour — BrE, tumor AmE a mass of diseased cells in your body that have divided and increased too quickly: a brain tumour | malignant/benign tumour (=dangerous/harmless tumour) tumourous adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tumour angiogenesis factor — Substance(s) released from a tumour that promotes vascularization of the mass of neoplastic cells. Once a tumour becomes vascularized, it will grow more rapidly, and is more likely to metastasise. TAF is almost certainly more than one substance.… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • tumour cell — Cell derived from a tumour in an animal. Refers to a tumour causing malignant cell, and not an adventitious normal cell. Loosely, a transformed cell able to give rise to tumours …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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