BRCA definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A gene that is associated with the development of familial breast cancer when inherited in a defective state.
Origin: br(east) ca(ncer) 1.
brca - Science Definition
One of two genes (designated BRCA1 and BRCA2) that help repair damage to DNA, but when inherited in a defective state increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.