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noun
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)

Other definitions for BRCA (2 of 2)

B.R.C.A.

abbreviation
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America.
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Scientific definitions for BRCA

BRCA
[ bē′är′sē′ā ]

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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