Malignancy vs Cancer – What’s the difference?

Malignancy vs Cancer - What's the difference?
Malignancy is a synonym of cancer. As nouns the difference between malignancy and cancer is that malignancy is the state of being malignant or diseased while cancer is (medicine|oncology|disease) a disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.





  • The state of being malignant or diseased.
  • A malignant cancer; specifically, any neoplasm that is invasive or otherwise not benign.
  • That which is malign; evil, depravity, malevolence.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The malignancy of my fate might perhaps distemper yours.
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    * benignancy



    (en noun)

  • (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
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  • (figuratively) Something which spreads within something else, damaging the latter.
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    * (disease) growth, malignancy, neoplasia
    * (something which spreads) lichen


    * tumor
    * leukaemia, leukemia

    Derived terms

    (types of cancer)
    * bowel cancer
    * breast cancer
    * colon cancer
    * leukemia
    * testicular cancer
    * lung cancer
    * prostate cancer
    * ovarian cancer
    * skin cancer
    * cervical cancer

    See also

    * malignant