carcinogen

[ kahr-sin-uh-juh n, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh- ]
/ kɑrˈsɪn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈkɑr sə nəˌdʒɛn, -noʊ- /

noun Pathology.

any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.

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Nearby words

  1. carcassonne,
  2. carceral,
  3. carchemish,
  4. carcino-,
  5. carcinoembryonic antigen,
  6. carcinogenesis,
  7. carcinogenic,
  8. carcinoid,
  9. carcinoid syndrome,
  10. carcinolytic

Origin of carcinogen

First recorded in 1935–40; carcino- + -gen

Related formscar·cin·o·gen·ic [kahr-suh-nuh-jen-ik, -noh-] /ˌkɑr sə nəˈdʒɛn ɪk, -noʊ-/, adjectivecar·ci·no·ge·nic·i·ty [kahr-suh-noh-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌkɑr sə noʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounan·ti·car·cin·o·gen, nounan·ti·car·cin·o·gen·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for carcinogen

carcinogen

/ (kɑːˈsɪnədʒən, ˈkɑːsɪnəˌdʒɛn) /

noun

pathol any substance that produces cancer
Derived Formscarcinogenic, adjectivecarcinogenicity, noun

Word Origin for carcinogen

C20: from Greek karkinos cancer + -gen

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Word Origin and History for carcinogen

carcinogen

n.

"cancer-causing substance," 1853, from carcinoma + -gen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for carcinogen

carcinogen

[ kär-sĭnə-jən, kärsə-nə-jĕn′ ]

n.

A cancer-causing substance or agent.
Related formscar′cin•o•genic (kär′sə-nə-jĕnĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for carcinogen

carcinogen

[ kär-sĭnə-jən ]

A substance or agent that can cause cells to become cancerous by altering their genetic structure so that they multiply continuously and become malignant. Asbestos, DDT, and tobacco smoke are examples of carcinogens.
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