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

Other Words from oncogenic

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

Examples of oncogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists can’t fully control where in the body its genes are introduced; Bluebird tried to determine whether its gene had been inserted into an oncogenic location—a place with cancer-causing potential. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 It can also be caused by any number of pathologic or environmental stresses, such as oncogenic (cancer) activation, radiation, inflammation, nutrient deprivation, and exposure to different chemicals. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 Alcendor said the active ingredients in vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have not been shown to be oncogenic, or cancer-causing. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 While some molecular types of HPV can cause genital warts, the oncogenic types rarely cause any symptoms. Quanta Magazine, 1 July 2021 The pair’s work opened up entirely new avenues of research, including the search for oncogenic viruses in humans. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, 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 4 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for oncogenic


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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