benign benign  /bɪ ˈnaɪn/


  1. (adj) not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
  2. (adj) pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
  3. (adj) kindness of disposition or manner


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  • There was some debate whether U.S. is the most benign power in human history, creating a new world order that allowed potential rivals to emerge.


  1. Will all doctors one day be like this oncologist: Using holistic healing with traditional medicine?

    YORK, Pa -- After 10 years battling persistent cysts and tumors that formed in her breasts, Karen Muro opted for breast reduction surgery in February 2010. Although the growths were always benign, the condition is a precursor to cancer, Muro said. Canc...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: MedCity News

  2. Dangerous strains of E. coli may linger longer in water than benign counterparts, study finds

    A toxin dangerous to humans may help E. coli fend off aquatic predators, enabling strains of E. coli that produce the toxin to survive longer in lake water than benign counterparts, a new study finds. The research may help explain why water quality tests don't always accurately capture health risks for swimmers.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. Edison woman’s nonprofit links benign brain tumor survivors

    Five years ago, an Edison, Middlesex County, resident launched a social networking website to connect benign brain tumor survivors. Today, It’s Just Benign (IJB) has evolved into a nonprofit organization reaching more than 1,000 members worldwide. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: News Transcript


  1. "I've got to go practice first of all and get organized and be ready for tomorrow," Woods said. "It's just a matter of going out there and making a bunch of birdies. The golf course is pretty benign."
    on Feb 2, 2007 By: Tiger Wood Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We know how important this is," Obama says in his weekly address, "We've all seen groups with benign-seeming names sponsoring television commercials that make accusations and assertions designed to influence the public debate and sway...
    on May 1, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: ABC News (blog)

  3. Gonzales' former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, told Leahy's committee last month that the firings were a "benign rather than sinister story."
    on Apr 10, 2007 By: Kyle Sampson Source: Forbes

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