on·​co·​gen·​ic | \ ˌäŋ-kō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \

Definition of oncogenic

1 : relating to tumor formation
2 : tending to cause tumors

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oncogenicity \ ˌäŋ-​kō-​jə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \ noun

Examples of oncogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pair’s work opened up entirely new avenues of research, including the search for oncogenic viruses in humans. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of oncogenic

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oncogenic

onco- + -genic

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“Oncogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncogenic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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on·​co·​gen·​ic | \ -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \
variants: also oncogenous \ äŋ-​ˈkäj-​ə-​nəs How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of oncogenic

1 : relating to tumor formation
2 : tending to cause tumors an oncogenic virus oncogenic tars

Other Words from oncogenic

oncogenically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \ adverb
oncogenicity \ -​jə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce oncogenic (audio) \ noun

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