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    swelling vs tumor

    Is there any difference between swelling and tumor?

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    Re: swelling vs tumor

    Quote Originally Posted by shb27 View Post
    Is there any difference between swelling and tumor?
    Have you looked both words up in a dictionary? If so, which dictionary and what definitions did you find?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: swelling vs tumor

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Have you looked both words up in a dictionary? If so, which dictionary and what definitions did you find?
    Yes, I did and have got a bit confused.

    Tumor: a mass of disease cells that are growing abnormally in the body.
    Swelling: a place on the body that is bigger or fatter than usual because of an injury or illness.

    Source: Oxford Wordpower for Arabic speakers

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    Re: swelling vs tumor

    Quote Originally Posted by shb27 View Post
    Yes, I did and have got a bit confused.

    Tumor: a mass of disease cells that are growing abnormally in the body.
    Swelling: a place on the body that is bigger or fatter than usual because of an injury or illness.
    Are there any words there that you don't understand? If so, ask us.

    If not, these definitions seem fairly clear. If I twist my ankle, or if a wasp stings me, there may be a swelling at the place. In time, this will disappear, This is very different from a tumor, which is usually inside the body, will usually continue to grow, and may cause death.

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    Re: swelling vs tumor

    Quote Originally Posted by shb27 View Post
    Is there any difference between swelling and tumor?
    In modern medicine, the two words are quite different as your dictionary search has shown you. However, in the early days of medicine, these two words were related. The classic signs of inflammation were described in Latin words: rubor (redness), tumor (swelling), calor (heat) and dolor (pain). Now, "tumor" refers to neoplasia, either benign or malignant.

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    Re: swelling vs tumor

    For those unfamiliar with the term: Definitions of neoplasia - OneLook Dictionary Search

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