NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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dysplastic nevus (dis-PLAS-tik NEE-vus)
A type of nevus (mole) that looks different from a common mole. A dysplastic nevus is often larger with borders that are not easy to see. Its color is usually uneven and can range from pink to dark brown. Parts of the mole may be raised above the skin surface. A dysplastic nevus may develop into malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer). Also called atypical mole.