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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Origin of carcinogen

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

OTHER WORDS FROM carcinogen

car·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 carcinogenic

carcinogen
/ (kɑːˈsɪnədʒən, ˈkɑːsɪnəˌdʒɛn) /

noun

pathol any substance that produces cancer

Derived forms of carcinogen

carcinogenic, adjectivecarcinogenicity, noun

Word Origin for carcinogen

C20: from Greek karkinos cancer + -gen
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Medical definitions for carcinogenic

carcinogen
[ kär-sĭnə-jən, kärsə-nə-jĕn′ ]

n.

A cancer-causing substance or agent.

Other words from carcinogen

car′cin•o•genic (kär′sə-nə-jĕnĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for carcinogenic

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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Cultural definitions for carcinogenic

carcinogenic
[ (kahr-suh-nuh-jen-ik) ]

A descriptive term for things capable of causing cancer.

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