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Meaning of CANCER

Pronunciation:  'kansur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  type genus of the family Cancridae
  2. [n]  the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  3. [n]  a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini
  4. [n]  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  5. [n]  any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream

CANCER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Cancer the Crab, Crab, Crab, genus Cancer, malignant neoplastic disease
 See Also: arthropod genus, Cancer borealis, Cancer irroratus, Cancer magister, cancer of the blood, Cancridae, carcinoma, constellation, Dungeness crab, family Cancridae, house, human, individual, Jonah crab, leucaemia, leukaemia, leukemia, lymphoma, malignant neoplasm, malignant tumor, mansion, metastatic tumor, mortal, person, planetary house, rock crab, sarcoma, sign, sign of the zodiac, somebody, someone, soul, star sign, zodiac



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Can"cer\, n. [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of
the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karka[.t]a crab, and
prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard
shell. Cf. {Canner}, {Chancre}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of decapod Crustacea, including some of
   the most common shore crabs of Europe and North America,
   as the rock crab, Jonah crab, etc. See {Crab}.

2. (Astron.)
   (a) The fourth of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The
       first point is the northern limit of the sun's course
       in summer; hence, the sign of the summer solstice. See
   (b) A northern constellation between Gemini and Leo.

3. (Med.) Formerly, any malignant growth, esp. one attended
   with great pain and ulceration, with cachexia and
   progressive emaciation. It was so called, perhaps, from
   the great veins which surround it, compared by the
   ancients to the claws of a crab. The term is now
   restricted to such a growth made up of aggregations of
   epithelial cells, either without support or embedded in
   the meshes of a trabecular framework.

Note: Four kinds of cancers are recognized: (1) {Epithelial
      cancer, or Epithelioma}, in which there is no
      trabecular framework. See {Epithelioma}. (2) {Scirrhous
      cancer, or Hard cancer}, in which the framework
      predominates, and the tumor is of hard consistence and
      slow growth. (3) {Encephaloid, Medullary, or Soft
      cancer}, in which the cellular element predominates,
      and the tumor is soft, grows rapidy, and often
      ulcerates. (4) {Colloid cancer}, in which the cancerous
      structure becomes gelatinous. The last three varieties
      are also called {carcinoma}.

{Cancer cells}, cells once believed to be peculiar to
   cancers, but now know to be epithelial cells differing in
   no respect from those found elsewhere in the body, and
   distinguished only by peculiarity of location and

{Cancer root} (Bot.), the name of several low plants, mostly
   parasitic on roots, as the beech drops, the squawroot,

{Tropic of Cancer}. See {Tropic}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: abnormal cells that divide without control, which can invade nearby tissues or spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have cancer means hopelessness, grief, self-pity, and unforgiveness. You feel you are wasting your life away. This dream also represents areas in your life which are bothering you, disturbing you, and hurting you in some emotional way. Dreaming that someone has cancer indicates that you need to change your negative way of thinking before it creates a cancer in you. Start being more positive.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A type of disease caused by cells that divide and grow uncontrollably, invading and disrupting other tissues and spreading to other areas of the body (metastasis).
  2. Cancer is an abnormal uncontrolled growth of tissue that has potential to spread to distant sites of the body. Cancer exerts its deleterious effect on the body by:
    • destroying the surrounding adjacent tissues: e.g. compressing nerves, eroding blood vessels, or causing perforation of organs
    • replacing normal functioning cells in distant sites: e.g. replacing blood forming cells in the bone marrow, replacing bones leading to increased calcium levels in the blood, or in the heart muscles so that the heart fails.
 Definition: Diseases in which abnormal cells divide and grow unchecked. Cancer can spread from its original site to other parts of the body and can be fatal.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: benign tumor, blast, blight, callosity, callus, canker, carcinoma, corn, cyst, dry rot, excrescence, fungosity, fungus, growth, intumescence, malignant growth, metastatic tumor, mildew, mold, mole, morbid growth, moth, moth and rust, must, neoplasm, nevus, nonmalignant tumor, outgrowth, pest, proud flesh, rot, rust, sarcoma, smut, tumor, verruca, wart, wen, worm