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cancernoun

uk   /ˈkæn.sər/ us   /ˈkæn.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   /ˈkæn.sə.rəs/ us   /ˈkæn.sə.rəs/
a cancerous growth/tumour

Cancernoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkæn.sər/ us   /ˈkæn.sɚ/
(Definition of cancer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cancernoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkæn·sər/
  • cancer noun [C/U] (DISEASE)

a disease in which cells in the body grow without control, or a serious medical condition caused by this disease: [U] He died from cancer of the stomach.
cancerous
adjective us   /ˈkæn·sər·əs/
Surgeons removed a cancerous growth from her lung.

Cancernoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkæn·sər/
the fourth sign of the zodiac, covering the period June 22 to July 22 and represented by a crab, or a person born during this period
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