[kahr-sin-uh-juh n, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh-]
- any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.
Origin of carcinogen
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Examples from the Web for carcinogenic
Unfiltered fermented grapes make ochratoxin-A, a neurotoxic, carcinogenic, immunosuppressive compound.Five Ways to Recover Faster From Your Thanksgiving Binge
November 28, 2013
At their worst, hot dogs are little more than processed, fatty meat and fillers loaded with carcinogenic preservatives.The 20 Healthiest (and Deadliest) Hot Dogs
The Daily Beast
June 29, 2011
- pathol any substance that produces cancer
C20: from Greek karkinos cancer + -gen
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Word Origin and History for carcinogenic
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- A cancer-causing substance or agent.
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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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A descriptive term for things capable of causing cancer.
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