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cancer

noun uk   /ˈkæn.sər/ us    /-sɚ/
B1 [C or U] a serious disease that is caused when cells in the body grow in a way that is uncontrolled and not normal, killing normal cells and often causing death: He died of liver cancer. cancer of the cervix/stomach breast/bowel/lung cancer cancer cells a cancer patient It was a secondary cancer.
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[C] a harmful activity that spreads quickly: Drug abuse is a cancer that is destroying our society.
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cancerous
adjective uk   /-əs/ us  
a cancerous growth/tumour
Translations of “cancer”
in Korean 암…
in Arabic سَرطان…
in French cancer…
in Turkish kanser…
in Italian cancro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 癌,癌症, (迅速蔓延的)弊病,惡習…
in Russian рак (болезнь)…
in Polish rak…
in Spanish Càncer…
in Portuguese câncer…
in German der Krebs…
in Catalan càncer…
in Japanese 癌(がん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 癌,癌症, (迅速蔓延的)弊病,恶习…
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