carcinogen [kahr- sin- uh-j uh n, -jen, kahr-s uh-n uh-jen, -noh-] noun . Pathology any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer. Origin of carcinogen
First recorded in
-gen Related forms car·cin·o·gen·ic , [kahr-s uh-n uh- jen-ik, -noh-] /ˌkɑr sə nəˈdʒɛn ɪk, -noʊ-/ adjective car·ci·no·ge·nic·i·ty , [kahr-s uh-noh-j uh- nis-i-tee] /ˌkɑr sə noʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ noun an·ti·car·cin·o·gen, noun an·ti·car·cin·o·gen·ic, adjective
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C20: from Greek
karkinos cancer + -gen
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carcinogen [kär-sĭn ′ə-jən, kär ′sə-nə-jĕn′] n. A cancer-causing substance or agent. Related forms car′cin•o•gen ( ′ic kär′sə-nə-jĕn) ′ĭk adj.
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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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carcinogenic [(kahr-suh-nuh- jen-ik)]
A descriptive term for things capable of causing
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