ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anticancer (audio)
: used against or tending to arrest or prevent cancer
anticancer drugs
anticancer activity
anticancer effects

Examples of anticancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yancey was a part of a team of researchers at the University of Michigan that is scavenging for antibiotics and anticancer drugs in Lake Erie’s harmful algae blooms. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Launched by the Animal Cancer Foundation in December 2017, the canine project will map the mutational landscape of canine cancers and place these genomic data in the public domain with the intent of accelerating anticancer drug discovery that will benefit both pets and people. David J. Waters, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 Starved of oxygen and spared from attacks by anticancer agents, malignant cells in many parts of the tumor proliferate and may even become more aggressive. Ricki Rusting, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2014 If reducing compression turns out to enhance the effectiveness of anticancer drugs in matrix-rich tumors in humans, the technique could, in principle, also help doctors to determine which patients might be good candidates for receiving matrix-depleting agents, along with more standard treatments. Ricki Rusting, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2014 Researchers are evaluating the anticancer effects of two malaria drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, that block the final steps of autophagy. Justin Quiles, The Conversation, 8 Feb. 2023 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center even recognizes its ability to have both anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anticancer was in 1847

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“Anticancer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​ti·​can·​cer ˌant-i-ˈkan(t)-sər, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anticancer (audio)
: used or effective against cancer
anticancer drugs
anticancer activity
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