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  Malignant



Malignant

    Cancerous; life-threatening.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Malignancy
A tendency to worsen to a more serious illness or death. Commonly used to describe cancer.

Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma is a sarcoma that usually begins in soft tissue. It usually appears as an enlarging, painful mass that can cause fracture due to destruction of the bone by a spreading tumor.

Malignant mesothelioma
A very rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure that occurs in the sac lining of the chest (pleural mesothelioma) or abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), or the lining of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).

Malignant tumor
A mass of cancer cells that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.

Malingering
Deliberate exaggeration of the symptoms of an illness or injury for gain. For example, pretending to be ill in order to escape duty or work.



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Microcomedo
The first stage of comedo formation; a comedo so small that it can be seen only with a microscope.

Marihuana
Also called marijuana, weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, mary jane, and hash. It is the drug most often used worldwide. It is a mix of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a "joint"). The drug can also be smoked in a water pipe, called a "bong" Some users mix marijuana into food or use it to brew a tea. Hash users either smoke the drug in a pipe or mix it with tobacco and smoke it as a cigarette.

Marijuana
Also called marihuana, weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, mary jane, and hash. It is the drug most often used worldwide. It is a mix of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a "joint"). The drug can also be smoked in a water pipe, called a "bong" Some users mix marijuana into food or use it to brew a tea. Hash users either smoke the drug in a pipe or mix it with tobacco and smoke it as a cigarette.

Methamphetamine
A central nervous system stimulant similar to amphetamine sulfate but more potent. It is a member of the amphetamine class and is preferred by habitual amphetamine users. In intravenous form, it produces an almost instantaneous onset of the drug's effect. Slang names include "meth," "speed," and "crystal."

Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma is a sarcoma that usually begins in soft tissue. It usually appears as an enlarging, painful mass that can cause fracture due to destruction of the bone by a spreading tumor.

Malignant

Mammogram
Breast x-ray used to detect breast cancer.

Managed care
Medical insurance coverage provided by a health maintenance organization (See HMO above).

Mastectomy
Surgical removal of the entire breast. Radical mastectomy is surgical removal of the breast muscle and any number of lymph nodes; bilateral mastectomy is surgical removal of both breasts.

MUD
Matched Unrelated Transplants. Refers to bone marrow transplantation procedures in which the patient and the bone marrow are genetically matched but not family members.

Medical oncology
The study and treatment of cancers with chemicals, biological products or immunotherapy.

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