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.

Origin of BRCA

1900–95; initialism from br(east) and ca(ncer)
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Examples from the Web for brca1

Contemporary Examples of brca1

  • The case centers around Myriad, which has patents on BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes that are linked to a very high risk of breast cancer.

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    It’s in the Genes

    Megan McArdle

    June 13, 2013


brca1 in Medicine

BRCA1

[bē′är-sē′ā-wŭn]
n.
  1. A tumor suppressor gene that, when inherited in a mutated state, is associated with the development of various cancers, especially breast and ovarian cancer.
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brca1 in Science

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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