- any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.
Origin of carcinogen
Examples from the Web for carcinogen
Contemporary Examples of carcinogen
The coal ash deposits have heavy concentrations of hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
One study found it to be 30 times more potent a carcinogen.The Fireplace Delusion: A Metaphor for Religious Belief
February 3, 2012
Further, estrogen or carcinogen exposure over a lifetime leads to the development of cancer.How Mom's Hip Size Predicts Her Daughter's Risk
Kent L. Thornburg, PhD
October 24, 2009
- pathol any substance that produces cancer
Word Origin for carcinogen
Word Origin and History for carcinogen
- A cancer-causing substance or agent.
- 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.