Oncogene meaning

ŏnkə-jēn, ŏng-
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Any of various mutated genes that cause the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells.
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Any of various viral genes that transform host cells into cancerous cells.
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Any of various genes that, when activated as by radiation or a virus, may cause a normal cell to become cancerous.
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Any of various mutated genes that cause the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells.
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Any of various viral genes that transform host cells into cancerous cells.
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A gene that causes normal cells to become cancerous either because the gene is mutated or because the gene is expressed at the wrong time in development.
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(oncology, genetics) Any gene that contributes to the conversion of a normal cell into a cancerous cell when mutated or expressed at high levels.
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Origin of oncogene

  • Greek onkos mass, tumor oncology gene

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From onco- +"Ž gene.

    From Wiktionary