carcinogen

[kahr-sin-uh-juhn, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh-]
noun Pathology.
any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.

Origin:
1935–40; carcino- + -gen

carcinogenic [kahr-suh-nuh-jen-ik, -noh-] , adjective
carcinogenicity [kahr-suh-noh-juh-nis-i-tee] , noun
anticarcinogen, noun
anticarcinogenic, adjective
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carcinogen (kɑːˈsɪnədʒən, ˈkɑːsɪnəˌdʒɛn)
 
n
pathol any substance that produces cancer
 
[C20: from Greek karkinoscancer + -gen]
 
carcino'genic
 
adj
 
carcinogen'icity
 
n

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carcinogen
1853, from carcinoma + -gen "giving birth to" (see genus).

carcinogenic
1926, from carcinogen (q.v.).
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carcinogen car·cin·o·gen (kär-sĭn'ə-jən, kär'sə-nə-jěn')
n.
A cancer-causing substance or agent.


car'cin·o·gen'ic (kär'sə-nə-jěn'ĭk) adj.
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carcinogen   (kär-sĭn'ə-jən)  Pronunciation Key 
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 cancer.

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Example sentences
The widely used explosive is highly toxic and carcinogenic.
They also act as carriers for toxic or carcinogenic materials.
Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals
  used in the hydrofracking itself.
But everything known about both sets of compounds suggests they are
  carcinogenic.
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