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cancer

noun can·cer \ˈkan(t)-sər\

: a serious disease caused by cells that are not normal and that can spread to one or many parts of the body

: something bad or dangerous that causes other bad things to happen

Cancer : the fourth sign of the zodiac that comes between Gemini and Leo and has a crab as its symbol

Full Definition of CANCER

1
capitalized
a :  a northern zodiacal constellation between Gemini and Leo
b (1) :  the fourth sign of the zodiac in astrology — see zodiac table
(2) :  one born under the sign of Cancer
2
[Latin, crab, cancer]
a :  a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis
b :  an abnormal bodily state marked by such tumors
3
:  something evil or malignant that spreads destructively <the cancer of hidden resentment — Irish Digest>
4
a :  an enlarged tumorlike plant growth (as that of crown gall)
b :  a plant disease marked by such growths
can·cer·ous \ˈkan(t)s-rəs, ˈkan(t)-sə-\ adjective
can·cer·ous·ly adverb

Examples of CANCER

  1. He was diagnosed with cancer.
  2. She learned that she has cancer.
  3. Eating certain foods may help reduce the risk of cancer.
  4. Advanced cancers are more difficult to treat.
  5. I'm a Taurus, but my best friend is a Cancer.

Origin of CANCER

Middle English, from Latin (genitive Cancri), literally, crab; akin to Greek karkinos crab, cancer
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Medicine Terms

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Rhymes with CANCER

CANCER Defined for Kids

cancer

noun can·cer \ˈkan-sər\

Definition of CANCER for Kids

:  a serious sometimes deadly disease characterized by the growth of abnormal cells that form tumors which may damage or destroy normal body tissue
Medical Dictionary

cancer

noun can·cer \ˈkan(t)-sər\

Medical Definition of CANCER

1
:  a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis
2
:  an abnormal state marked by a cancer
can·cer·ous \ˈkan(t)s-(ə-)rəs\ adjective

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