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carcinogen

[kahr-sin-uh-juh n, -jen, kahr-suh-nuh-jen, -noh-] /kɑrˈsɪn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈkɑr sə nəˌdʒɛn, -noʊ-/
noun, Pathology
1.
any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; carcino- + -gen
Related forms
carcinogenic
[kahr-suh-nuh-jen-ik, -noh-] /ˌkɑr sə nəˈdʒɛn ɪk, -noʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
carcinogenicity
[kahr-suh-noh-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌkɑr sə noʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
anticarcinogen, noun
anticarcinogenic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carcinogenicity

carcinogen

/kɑːˈsɪnədʒən; ˈkɑːsɪnəˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
(pathol) any substance that produces cancer
Derived Forms
carcinogenic, adjective
carcinogenicity, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek karkinoscancer + -gen
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Word Origin and History for carcinogenicity

carcinogen

n.

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

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carcinogenicity in Medicine

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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carcinogenicity in Science
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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