cancer family

n.

A group of blood relatives in which cancer has been reported. The mode of aggregation may be genetic, as in familial cancer, or due to common exposure to a carcinogenic or oncogenic agent.

Nearby words

  1. centrolinead,
  2. centromedian nucleus,
  3. centromere,
  4. centromere banding stain,
  5. centronuclear myopathy,
  6. centrosphere,
  7. centrostaltic,
  8. centrosymmetric,
  9. centrum,
  10. cents-off


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