carcinogen

[kahr-sin-uh-juh n, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh-]
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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 carcinogenic

carcinogen

noun
  1. 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 carcinogenic
adj.

1926, from carcinogen + -ic.

carcinogen

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

carcinogenic in Medicine

carcinogen

[kär-sĭnə-jən, kärsə-nə-jĕn′]
n.
  1. A cancer-causing substance or agent.
Related formscar′cin•o•genic (kär′sə-nə-jĕnĭk) adj.
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carcinogenic in Science

carcinogen

[kär-sĭnə-jən]
  1. 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 in Culture

carcinogenic

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

A descriptive term for things capable of causing cancer.

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