a combining form meaning “cancer,” used in the formation of compound words: carcinogen.

Nearby words

  1. carcase,
  2. carcass,
  3. carcassonne,
  4. carceral,
  5. carchemish,
  6. carcinoembryonic antigen,
  7. carcinogen,
  8. carcinogenesis,
  9. carcinogenic,
  10. carcinoid

Origin of carcino-

< Greek, combining form representing karkínos crab, ulcerous sore; cf. cancer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for carcino-



Cancer; cancerous:carcinogenesis.

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