lipoma

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lipoma:

see neoplasmneoplasm
or tumor,
tissue composed of cells that grow in an abnormal way. Normal tissue is growth-limited, i.e., cell reproduction is equal to cell death. Feedback controls limit cell division after a certain number of cells have developed, allowing for tissue repair
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Lipoma

 

a limited benign tumor (sometimes multiple) consisting of fatty tissue.

Lipomas generally develop on the back, neck, and anterior abdominal wall. They vary in density and in size, from that of a hazelnut to that of the head of a grown man. Lipomas usually do not impair any function; generally, they are removed for cosmetic reasons.

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lipoma

[lī′pō·mə]
(medicine)
A benign tumor composed of fat cells.
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