on·​co·​gene | \ˈäŋ-kō-ˌjēn \

Definition of oncogene 

: a gene having the potential to cause a normal cell to become cancerous

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This drug, eFT226, blocks translation of certain oncogenes, including MYC, BCL2, cyclin D1 and CDKs 4/6. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego cancer biotech raises $38.6 million," 24 July 2017

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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on·​co·​gene | \ˈäŋ-kō-ˌjēn \

Medical Definition of oncogene 

: a gene having the potential to cause a normal cell to become cancerous

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