Definition of carcinogen in English:

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Pronunciation: /kärˈsinəjən/
Pronunciation: /ˈkärsənəˌjen/


A substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: car·cin·o·gen

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