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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Neoplasia". (Source - Retrieved 2006-09-07 13:55:23 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoplasia)

Introduction

Neoplasia (new growth in Greek) is abnormal, disorganized growth in a tissue or organ, usually forming a distinct mass. Such a growth is called a neoplasm, also known as a tumor.

Neoplasia is the correct, scientific term for diseases commonly called "cancer", "tumor" or "growth". Neoplasms can be benign or malignant lesions. Leiomyoma (fibroids of the uterus) and melanocytic nevi (beauty spots) are the most common types of neoplasms. They are both benign.

Neoplasia is a complex subject. This article is voluntarily kept short; a detailed discussion of neoplastic diseases can be found in the Cancer article.

Other uses

Neoplasia is also the name of a scientific journal for oncology research.

See also

Reference

  • Klassen and Watkins: Casarett and Doulls Essentials of Toxicology. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2003.
 

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