Definition of carcinogen in English:


Line breaks: car¦cino|gen
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈsɪnədʒ(ə)n


  • A substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
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    • The combination of cigarette smoking and exposure to many occupational carcinogens increases risk of cancer.
    • These chemicals include known or probable carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.
    • The scientists also carried out animal trials on rats fed on ginger to establish if it could protect against cancer causing carcinogens.


mid 19th century: from an abbreviation of carcinoma + -gen.

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