Benignity (from Latin benignus "kind, good", itself deriving from from bonus "good" and genus "origin") is any condition that is harmless in the long run. The opposite of benign is malignant.

In oncology (medical specialists who study cancer)
  • Benign tumor
Outside oncology
  • Benign intracranial hypertension
  • Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Benign tertian malaria (malaria caused specifically by Plasmodium vivax or Plasmodium ovale)

Other articles related to "benign":

Benign Hypertension
... Benign hypertension or benign essential hypertension are historical terms that are considered misleading and have fallen out of use (see history of hypertension) ...
Phyllodes Tumor - Classification
... They may be considered benign, borderline, or malignant depending on histologic features including stromal cellularity, infiltration at the tumor's edge, and mitotic activity ... Approximately 60-70% of examined tumors are benign the proportion of benign cases is higher in young women ...
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule - Initial Evaluation - Radiological Features
... Several features help to distinguish benign conditions from possible lung cancer ... Benign causes tend to have a well defined border, whereas lobulated lesions or those with an irregular margin extending into the neighbouring tissue tend to be malignant ... central cavity, then a thin wall points to a benign cause whereas a thick wall is associated with malignancy (especially 4mm or less versus 16mm or more) ...
Benign Nephrosclerosis
... Benign nephrosclerosis is the renal changes occurring in the setting of benign hypertension, which is always associated with hyaline arteriolosclerosis ...

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