tumor suppressor gene


tumor suppressor gene

noun

Definition of TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENE

:  any of a class of genes (as p53) that act in normal cells to inhibit unrestrained cell division and that when inactivated (as by mutation) place the cell at increased risk for malignant proliferation

First Known Use of TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENE

1985

tumor suppressor gene

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENE

: any of a class of genes (as p53) that act in normal cells to inhibit unrestrained cell division and that when inactivated (as by mutation) place the cell at increased risk for malignant proliferation—called also anti-oncogene

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