Definitions for hamartoma
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a focal growth that resembles a neoplasm but results from faulty development in an organ
A benign mass of disorganized tissue.
A hamartoma is a benign, focal malformation that resembles a neoplasm in the tissue of its origin. This is not a malignant tumor, and it grows at the same rate as the surrounding tissues. It is composed of tissue elements normally found at that site, but which are growing in a disorganized mass. They occur in many different parts of the body and are most often asymptomatic and undetected unless seen on an image taken for another reason. Choristomas, forms of heterotopia, are closely related benign tumors. These tumors also contain normal tissues but are found in abnormal locations.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A focal malformation resembling a neoplasm, composed of an overgrowth of mature cells and tissues that normally occur in the affected area.
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