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Why is malignant neoplasm called a cancer? Where did that name come from?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
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In brief: Root of words

'mal" from the latin word malus, meaning bad; "neo" from greek for new; and "plasm" from greek for tissue.
Thus one has "bad new tissue" or "bad new growth" which = "cancer" in layman's term or "malignant neoplasm" in doc speak.

In brief: Root of words

'mal" from the latin word malus, meaning bad; "neo" from greek for new; and "plasm" from greek for tissue.
Thus one has "bad new tissue" or "bad new growth" which = "cancer" in layman's term or "malignant neoplasm" in doc speak.
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