Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See nævus.

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  • noun anatomy A general term referring to a number of different, usually benign, pigmented, raised or otherwise abnormal lesions of the skin.

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  • noun a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin naevus.]

Examples

  • A nevus is a nest of cells that grows larger or more protuberant as we age.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • A nevus is a nest of cells that grows larger or more protuberant as we age.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • A nevus is a nest of cells that grows larger or more protuberant as we age.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • "It looks like what's called a nevus-it's something like a flat mole, usually quite harmless.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Clusters of melanocytes may cause a mole, otherwise known as beauty mark, but the medical term is nevus.

    Malignant Melanoma: The Silent Killer

  • Neonatal blue-light phototherapy could increase the risk of dysplastic nevus development.

    Recent Neonatal Research Publications

  • They can be pink, brown or orange in appearance and can resemble moles, skin tags, an ordinary nevus (birth mark), or hemangiomas.

    Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome

  • When something goes wrong within the cells of a pigmented nevus or mole, it is transformed into a cancerous melanoma.

    Malignant Melanoma: The Silent Killer

  • He has no harelip, cleft palate or butterfly nevus, Captain.

    Naked Cruelty

  • One type is a flat, dark brown spot (a benign melanocytic nevus), another is pigmented and slightly raised (a junctional nevus), and there are also flesh-colored bumpy moles (intradermal nevi).

    Simple Skin Beauty

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  • A flat, black or pigmented mole or beauty mark. Like the diastema and the lisp, the nevus was considered a sign of voluptuousness and eager sexuality.

    January 11, 2007

  • "Bree leaned in beside me, and her eyes widened at sight of hte small brown blotch. It was about the size of a farthing, quite round, just above the hairline toward the back of his head, behind the left ear.

    'What is it?' she asked, frowning....

    'I'm fairly sure it's all right,' I assured her, after a quick inspection. 'It looks like what's called a nevus—it's something like a flat mole, usually quite harmless.'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 680–681

    February 3, 2010