adj. in mental health, denotes a condition which is relatively mild, transient, and inactive. In pathology, it implies that the illness or disease is not serious and has not spread. Thus, the prognosis is good and the findings are favorable in this case. See neoplasm. Compare malignant.

BENIGN: "A benign tumor is milder than most, because it lacks the potential to spread and invade other tissues."
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