from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pigmented, raised or otherwise abnormal area on the skin. Naevi may be congenital or acquired. This term is reserved for benign skin lesions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spot or mark on the skin of children when born; a birthmark; -- the term includes moles as wells a other types of birthmark, and is most commonly applied to reddish or brownish raised vascular areas of the skin, i. e., those consisting mainly of blood vessels, as dilated arteries, veins, or capillaries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A congenital local discoloration of the skin, including nævus vascularis and nævus pigmentosus. Also called birth-mark, mother's mark, and nævus maternus. Compare mole.
  • n. In zoology, a spot or mark resembling a nævus.


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  • The familiar naevus flammeus front right of the scalp flickered in ads for Pizza Hut and Louis Vuitton.

    The Return

  • Shaving the top off a naevus bloodlessly doesn't make any difference to its risk of becoming malignant – infact, it strongly suggests that themole is benign and therefore nothing to worry about.

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  • A mole is a member the skin blemish, or naevus, family.

    Cigarette Molehill

  • There was a woman exhibited recently, under the advertisement of "the lady with a mane," who had growing from the center of her back between the shoulders a veritable mane of long, black hair, which doubtless proceeded from a form of naevus.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Sometimes the hairy anomalies are but instances of naevus pilosus.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Ziemssen figures an interesting case of naevus pilosus resembling

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The case was really one of large congenital naevus pilosus and fibroma molluscum combined.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • This individual's name was Blake, and he stated that he was born with a large naevus spreading over the upper parts of the thighs and lower parts of the trunk, like bathing-tights, and resembling the pelt of an animal.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The skin of the large hairy naevus, as well as that of the smaller ones, was stated by Schulz to have been in the main thickened, in part uneven, verrucose, from very light to intensely dark brown in color; the consistency of the larger mammiform and smaller tumors soft, doughy, and elastic.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Ask Dr Peter (11): I have a rare naevus of Ota that has means I have a totally discoloured navy / red / black eyeball with a permanent black eye aro ...



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  • "'There is a naevus on his shank that we might do well to cauterize against future trouble. Did you remark it?'

    "'Aye, that I did. My wife had the very same, but abune the knee.'"

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 67

    A Sea of Words: A purplish, often raised, congenital skin growth or birthmark; a mole. (307)

    March 6, 2008