What does cancer mean?

Definitions for cancer
ˈkæn sər; ˈkæŋ krican·cer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cancer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cancer, malignant neoplastic disease(noun)

    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

  2. Cancer, Crab(noun)

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer

  3. Cancer(noun)

    a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini

  4. Cancer, Cancer the Crab, Crab(noun)

    the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

  5. Cancer, genus Cancer(noun)

    type genus of the family Cancridae

Wiktionary

  1. cancer(Noun)

    A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.

    Etymology: From cancer, from καρκίνος; applied to cancerous tumors because the enlarged veins resembled the legs of a crab.

  2. Cancer(Noun)

    Someone with a Cancer star sign

    Etymology: From cancer, from καρκίνος; applied to cancerous tumors because the enlarged veins resembled the legs of a crab.

  3. Cancer(ProperNoun)

    A constellation of the zodiac supposedly shaped like a crab.

    Etymology: From cancer, from καρκίνος; applied to cancerous tumors because the enlarged veins resembled the legs of a crab.

  4. Cancer(ProperNoun)

    The zodiac sign for the crab, ruled by the Moon and covering June 22 - July 22.

    Etymology: From cancer, from καρκίνος; applied to cancerous tumors because the enlarged veins resembled the legs of a crab.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cancer(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karkaa crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. Canner, Chancre.]

  2. Cancer(noun)

    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 Tropic

    Etymology: [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karkaa crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. Canner, Chancre.]

  3. Cancer(noun)

    a northern constellation between Gemini and Leo

    Etymology: [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karkaa crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. Canner, Chancre.]

  4. Cancer(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karkaa crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. Canner, Chancre.]

Freebase

  1. Cancer

    Cancer, known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors do not grow uncontrollably, do not invade neighboring tissues, and do not spread throughout the body. There are over 200 different known cancers that afflict humans. Determining what causes cancer is complex. Many things are known to increase the risk of cancer, including tobacco use, certain infections, radiation, lack of physical activity, obesity, and environmental pollutants. These can directly damage genes or combine with existing genetic faults within cells to cause the disease. Approximately five to ten percent of cancers are entirely hereditary. Cancer can be detected in a number of ways, including the presence of certain signs and symptoms, screening tests, or medical imaging. Once a possible cancer is detected it is diagnosed by microscopic examination of a tissue sample. Cancer is usually treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. The chances of surviving the disease vary greatly by the type and location of the cancer and the extent of disease at the start of treatment. While cancer can affect people of all ages, and a few types of cancer are more common in children, the risk of developing cancer generally increases with age. In 2007, cancer caused about 13% of all human deaths worldwide. Rates are rising as more people live to an old age and as mass lifestyle changes occur in the developing world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cancer

    kan′sėr, n. the name for an important group of malignant tumours, divided into two groups, Carcinomata and Sarcomata, the name being now strictly used only of the former: a constellation between Gemini and Leo, and a sign of the zodiac showing the limits of the sun's course northward in summer: the typical genus of the family Cancridæv.i. Cancer′ate, to become cancerous.—ns. Cancerā′tion; Can′cerite, a petrified crab.—adj. Can′cerous, of or like a cancer.—adv. Can′cerously.—n. Can′cerousness.—adjs. Can′criform, Can′croid, crab-like. [L. cancer; cog. with Gr. karkinos, a crab.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cancer

    The Crab; the fourth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 21st of June, and commences the summer solstice.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cancer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2450

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cancer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3024

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cancer' in Nouns Frequency: #977

How to pronounce cancer?

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How to say cancer in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cancer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cancer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cancer in a Sentence

  1. Lisa De Jesús:

    They were not numbers, they were people, and the government thinks that just putting a Band-Aid on things, it's all OK. But, no. What about our feelings? What about those people who died trying to put Puerto Rico back (together) again? People needed (electricity) because they had oxygen (machines). They were ill, they had cancer. They had other issues, health-wise. They needed the government, and the government failed them.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Je me demande souvent à propos de la croyance la plus commune que Dieu ne vous donnera rien de plus que ce que vous pourriez peut-être manipuler; surtout quand je regarde autour de réaliser que la vie jette souvent des balles courbes un après l'autre que la plupart des gens trouvent difficile à gérer, physiquement et / ou émotionnellement. Il est vrai que beaucoup de gens sont confrontés à de nombreuses difficultés et les épreuves déchirantes qui incluent le rejet social, les discriminations raciales et sexuelles, la pauvreté déranger, le chômage horrible, les maladies mentales invalidantes, violence extrême, y compris le viol, et les maladies les plus difficiles comme le cancer et ainsi de suite, juste pour nommer quelques-uns. Ma compréhension personnelle est que la vie peut certainement vous combler avec beaucoup plus de défis que vous pouvez manipuler, et qui est la réalité que vous avez à accepter. Cela étant dit, je crois aussi que seul Dieu vous donnera la force - qui est nécessaire pour perdurer à travers ces situations difficiles, et à surmonter les adversités plus efficace. De sorte que vous ne devez pas perdre espoir face aux défis dans la vie, et devrait continuer à avoir une foi solide en Dieu pour le courage, l'endurance et la force qui vous permettrait de surmonter ces difficultés. Et je suis sûr que Dieu prendra soin de vous, comme toujours, au cours de ces phases difficiles dans votre vie.

  3. Leerink Partners analyst Seamus Fernandez:

    Bristol's in a really good position, my expectation is that they're going to be and will continue to be the leader in the lung cancer space.

  4. Robert Rintoul:

    If you have a lung cancer inside your lung, that cancer is producing a range of chemicals in very, very minute amounts. And this device can collect those samples, those tiny amounts of volatile organic compounds, which we can then analyze in the laboratory. And in effect, it's a bit like a fingerprint. If you have a lung cancer we believe that we can detect these samples and that fingerprint will tell us whether the person has lung cancer or not.

  5. Magen Cabrera:

    That experience was just so much fun for them, it was like for a whole two to three weeks after it there was no talk of your treatment or cancer, it was just ‘ How was it ? ’ , and ‘ It was so much fun, ’ and that was very uplifting at that point -- it was like you just forgot she was sick.

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