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"cancer" in American English

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cancernoun [C/U]

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

a ​disease in which ​cells in the ​bodygrow without ​control, or a ​seriousmedicalcondition 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 ​periodJune 22 to ​July 22 and ​represented by a ​crab, or a ​personborn during this ​period
(Definition of cancer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"cancer" in British English

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cancernoun

uk   /ˈkæn.sər/  us   /-sɚ/
B1 [C or U] a ​seriousdisease that is ​caused when ​cells in the ​bodygrow in a way that is ​uncontrolled and not ​normal, ​killingnormalcells and often ​causingdeath: 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 ​harmfulactivity that ​spreadsquickly: Drug ​abuse is a cancer that is ​destroyingoursociety.

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cancerous
adjective uk   us   /-əs/
a cancerous ​growth/​tumour

Cancernoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkæn.sər/  us   /-sɚ/
the fourth ​sign of the zodiac, ​relating to the ​period from 22 ​June to 22 ​July and ​represented by a crab, or a ​personborn during this ​period
(Definition of cancer from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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