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Definition of Dysplastic nevus

Dysplastic nevus: An atypical mole whose appearance is different from that of a common ordinary mole. Dysplastic nevi tend to be larger than ordinary moles, have more irregular borders, are often mixed in color and present in large numbers. A dysplastic nevus may be a marker for a person at risk for melanoma, especially if there is a family history of melanoma .

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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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