[ kahr-sin-uh-juhn, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh- ]
/ kɑrˈsɪn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈkɑr sə nəˌdʒɛn, -noʊ- /
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any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.
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OTHER WORDS FROM carcinogencar·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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How to use carcinogen in a sentence
That understanding guided decades of corporate behavior, from dumping carcinogens into California’s drinking water supply to faking emission tests on diesel cars.Companies are turning their environmental liabilities into cash|Michael J. Coren|January 28, 2021|Quartz
British Dictionary definitions for carcinogen
/ (kɑːˈsɪnədʒən, ˈkɑːsɪnəˌdʒɛn) /
pathol any substance that produces cancer
Derived forms of carcinogencarcinogenic, adjectivecarcinogenicity, noun
Word Origin for carcinogen
C20: from Greek karkinos cancer + -gen
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Scientific definitions for carcinogen
[ kär-sĭn′ə-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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