any of various genes that, when activated as by radiation or a virus, may cause a normal cell to become cancerous
Origin of oncogene; from Classical Greek onkos, a mass (see oncology) + gene
- Any of various mutated genes that cause the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells.
- Any of various viral genes that transform host cells into cancerous cells.
Origin of oncogeneGreek onkos, mass, tumor; see oncology + gene.
From onco- +"Ž gene.