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BRCA

noun
  1. either of two genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2) that, if inherited in a mutated form, may predispose some carriers to develop breast or ovarian cancer.
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Origin of BRCA

1900–95; initialism from br(east) and ca(ncer)

B.R.C.A.

  1. Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America.
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BRCA

[bē′är′sē′ā]
  1. One of two genes (designated BRCA1 and BRCA2) that help repair damage to DNA, but when inherited in a defective state increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
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