[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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- pathol any substance that produces cancer
Word Origin for carcinogen
C20: from Greek karkinos cancer + -gen
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Word Origin and History for carcinogenicity
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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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