Definition of "oncogenic" []

  • Tending to cause or give rise to tumors: an oncogenic virus. (adjective)
  • Causing the formation of a tumour (adjective)

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Use "oncogenic" in a sentence
  • "However, these discoveries were soon forgotten and only after a long eclipse was interest in oncogenic viruses revived in the fifties."
  • "Proteins that when expressed out of context cause a cell to become cancerous are known as oncogenic proteins."
  • "Apart from monoclonal antibodies, small molecule therapeutics such as oncogenic protein kinase inhibitors are attracting a vast amount of investigational attention."