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Wordnet 3.0


1. dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor);

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Invasive \In*va"sive\, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See Invade.] 1. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive. "Invasive war." --Hoole. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) tending to spread, especially tending to intrude into healthy tissue; -- used mostly of tumors. [Narrower terms: malignant] PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

malignant \ma*lig"nant\, a. [L. malignans, -antis, p. pr. of malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. See Malign, and cf. Benignant.] 1. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress; actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently inimical; bent on evil; malicious. [1913 Webster] A malignant and a turbaned Turk. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious. "Malignant care." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Some malignant power upon my life. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Something deleterious and malignant as his touch. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria. [1913 Webster] Malignant pustule (Med.), a very contagious disease produced by infection of subcutaneous tissues with the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It is transmitted to man from animals and is characterized by the formation, at the point of reception of the infection, of a vesicle or pustule which first enlarges and then breaks down into an unhealthy ulcer. It is marked by profound exhaustion and often fatal. The disease in animals is called charbon; in man it is called cutaneous anthrax, and formerly was sometimes called simply anthrax. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Malignant \Ma*lig"nant\, n. 1. A man of extreme enmity or evil intentions. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Hist.) One of the adherents of Charles I. or Charles II.; -- so called by the opposite party. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

malignant adj 1: dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor) [ant: benign]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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