Nevus definition

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Any of various congenital or acquired lesions of the skin or oral mucosa that are usually pigmented and raised and may include epidermal, connective, vascular, or other types of tissue.
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A birthmark, mole, or other colored spot on the skin.
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Any of various congenital or acquired lesions of the skin or oral mucosa that are usually pigmented and raised and may include epidermal, connective, vascular, or other types of tissue.
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(anatomy) A general term referring to a number of different, usually benign, pigmented, raised or otherwise abnormal lesions of the skin.

Most birthmarks and moles fall into the category of nevi.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nevus
Plural:
nevi

Origin of nevus

  • Latin naevus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition