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Tumor \Tu"mor\, n. [L., fr. tumere to swell: cf. F. tume['u]r. See Tumid.]

  1. (Med.) A morbid swelling, prominence, or growth, on any part of the body; especially, a growth produced by deposition of new tissue; a neoplasm.

  2. Affected pomp; bombast; swelling words or expressions; false magnificence or sublimity. [R.]

    Better, however, to be a flippant, than, by a revolting form of tumor and perplexity, to lead men into habits of intellect such as result from the modern vice of English style.
    --De Quincey.

    Encysted tumor, a tumor which is inclosed in a membrane called a cyst, connected with the surrounding parts by the neighboring cellular substance.

    Fatty tumor. See under Fatty.

    Innocent tumor, or Benign tumor, one which does not of itself threaten life, and does not usually tend to recur after extirpation; a tumor which has not metastesized.

    Malignant tumor, a tumor which tends continually to spread, to become generalized in different parts of the body, and to recur after extirpation, and which, if left to itself, causes death.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin tumor "swelling, condition of being swollen, a tumor," from tumere "to swell" (see tumid).


n. (context oncology pathology English) An abnormal growth; differential diagnosis includes abscess, metaplasia, and neoplasia.


n. an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose [syn: tumour, neoplasm]

  1. redirect Neoplasm
Tumor (comics)

Tumor is an original graphic novel created by writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Noel Tuazon. Archaia Entertainment first printed the comic in hardcover in February 2010 after an earlier Kindle release in 2009. The first edition included an introduction by Duane Swierczynski and a short prose story by Fialkov featuring the main character. Tumor was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.

Tumor is about Frank Armstrong, a private investigator who works to solve one last case and atone for past mistakes before succumbing to his brain tumor.

Usage examples of "tumor".

We can do an angiogram of the heart, or the kidneys, whatever we want, to diagnose tumors or vascular disease.

It is this brickbat which makes a lump on the back of my head so big that Doc Brennan thinks it is a tumor when I go to him the next day about my stomach, and I never tell him any different.

When a young girl a tumor was removed from the front of her neck by operation, and cicatricial tumors then spread like a band encircling one-half her neck.

The injection of the tumors with a fluid which causes coagulation of the blood, and which does not completely shut off the return current of the circulation through the tumors, has proved fatal in a small percentage of cases.

POLYPI OR POLYPOID TUMORS of the uterus are of three kinds, cystic, mucous and fibrous.

Even in the largest cystic tumors where the development is immense, a small incision only, is made--simply sufficient to bring the walls of the tumor in view and admit, perhaps, two or three fingers.

On examination, we found a large multilocular cystic tumor, represented by Fig.

Palpation revealed a cystic immobile tumor, extending 2 inches above the umbilicus and apparently fixed by deep adhesions.

He rapidly developed great pain and tumor in the larynx, together with difficulty in deglutition and speech.

These tumors or dilated blood vessels of the rectum are called hemorrhoids or piles.

Ingleby describes a case of fibrous tumor of the uterus terminating fatally, but not until three weeks after delivery.

Electrical treatment will destroy the life of ovarian and fibroid tumors if applied early and after the improved methods so long used at our Institution.

On examination, we found an inter-mural fibroid tumor, represented in Figs.

In December, 1890, I went to you, after suffering five years with two fibroid tumors of the uterus.

Below each scapula there were tumors of the nature of fibroma molluscum.