carcinogen

noun
car·​cin·​o·​gen | \ kär-ˈsi-nə-jən How to pronounce carcinogen (audio) , ˈkär-sə-nə-ˌjen How to pronounce carcinogen (audio) \

Definition of carcinogen

: a substance or agent causing cancer

Examples of carcinogen in a Sentence

Cigarette smoke contains known carcinogens.
Recent Examples on the Web The facility is the sole emitter of vinyl bromide — a likely carcinogen that can harm the liver — in the state, another worry the groups cited. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Environmental groups oppose Shintech's Louisiana expansion over air pollution concerns," 2 Feb. 2021 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Amisha Shah, The Conversation, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it’s a risk in urban fires, too," 14 Dec. 2020 It’s been classified as a carcinogen, according to the FDA. Miranda Green, The Enquirer, "California's ban on toxic chemicals in cosmetics will transform industry," 28 Nov. 2020 Asbestos, a Quebec town that is home to what was once the largest asbestos mine in the world, no longer wants to be named after the carcinogen. Marie Fazio New York Times, Star Tribune, "Quebec town of Asbestos votes to detoxify its name," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of carcinogen

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Carcinogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carcinogen. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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carcinogen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carcinogen

medical : a substance that can cause cancer

carcinogen

noun
car·​cin·​o·​gen | \ kär-ˈsin-ə-jən How to pronounce carcinogen (audio) , ˈkärs-ᵊn-ə-ˌjen How to pronounce carcinogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of carcinogen

: a substance or agent causing cancer

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