oncogene

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noun on·co·gene \ˈäŋ-kō-ˌjēn\

Definition of oncogene

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

First Known Use of oncogene

1969


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oncogene

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noun on·co·gene \ˈäŋ-kō-ˌjēn\

Medical Definition of oncogene

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


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