Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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nebulizer
A device used to turn liquid into a fine spray
neck dissection
(dye-SEK-shun) Surgery to remove lymph nodes and other tissues in the neck
necrosis
(ne-KRO-sis) Refers to the death of living tissues
NED
no evidence of disease
needle biopsy
The removal of tissue or fluid with a needle for examination under a microscope. Also called fine-needle aspiration
needle core biopsy
Percutaneous (through the skin) procedure where a core of tissue is removed by a biopsy needle for a pathologic study. Usually 5 to 6 cores of tissue are removed from the area.
needle-localized biopsy
A procedure that uses very thin needles or guide wires to mark the location of an abnormal area of tissue so it can be surgically removed. An imaging device is used to place the wire in or More…
NEG
negative
negative axillary lymph node
A lymph node in the armpit that is free of cancer
negative test result
A test result that fails to show the specific disease or condition for which the test was being done
nelfinavir mesylate
A drug that interferes with the ability of a virus to make copies of itself
neoadjuvant therapy
(NEE-o-AD-joo-vant) Treatment given before the primary treatment. Examples of neoadjuvant therapy include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy
neoplasia
(NEE-o-PLAY-zha) Abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth
neoplasm
An abnormal mass of tissue that results from excessive cell division. Neoplasms may be benign (not cancerous), or malignant (cancerous). Also called tumor
neoplastic
Of or related to or having the properties of a neoplasm
neoplastic meningitis
A condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges (membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord)
nephrectomy
(neh-FREK-tuh-mee) Surgery to remove a kidney or part of a kidney. In a partial nephrectomy, part of one kidney or a tumor is removed, but not an entire kidney. In a simple nephrectomy, one More…
nephrogenic rests
Clusters of abnormally retained embryonic kidney precursor cells. May be a precursor to Wilm's tumor.
nephrologist
(neh-FROL-uh-jist) A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating kidney disease
nephroma
Growth in the kidney
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