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Definition of the noun cancer

What does cancer mean as a name of something?

Cancer is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • cancer: cancers
  • Cancer: Cancers

  1. 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. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  3. a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • instance of: constellation = a configuration of stars as seen from the earth
    • part of: zodiac = a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic
  4. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  5. type genus of the family Cancridae

Alternative definition of the noun cancer


  1. Someone with a Cancer star sign

Specialised definition of the noun cancer

Glossary of healthcare / oncology

a malignant tumor


  1. Cancer are a British death/thrash metal band formed in Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire in 1988. Over the course of their career, they released five full-length albums, including one for the major label East West, and broke up twice. As of September 2013, Cancer have reformed once again.
  2. Cancer is a German punk band.
    • albums: "Family, Music, Me"

There are other groups with in their name, like Cancer Bats, Cancer Moon, Cancer Barrack, Tropic of Cancer, The Cancer Conspiracy, The Cancer Conspiracy., Artists Stand Up to Cancer and Dinah Cancer and the Grave Robbers.


  1. "Cancer" is the first full-length studio album by Australian hardcore/metalcore band Confession, released on 10 September 2009, through Resist Records.
  2. "Cancer" is an album by My Disco, released on November 7, 2006. The album marked a change in direction for the band, further into math rock, shifting towards minimalism, a theme further explored and refined in the following album Paradise. The album was recorded in mid-2006.
  3. "Cancer" is a composition.
  4. "Cancer" is a musical album of Criminal.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  5. "Cancer" is a musical album of Shock Therapy.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  6. "Cancer" is a musical album of Rammer.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  7. "Cancer" is a composition.
  8. "Cancer" a.k.a. "Cáncer" is a musical album of Albatrozz.
  9. "Cancer" is a musical single of City Kent.
    • released in (36 years ago)


  1. "Cancer" is a book by Victor Richards.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (43 years ago)
    • award: - National Book Award for The Sciences nomination for Victor Richards
  2. "Cancer" is a book by William Donald Kelley.
    • subjects: Cancer, Fitness, Health, Diet


"Cancer" is a 1997 documentary film directed by C. K. M. Rao.


  1. Cancer is the name of three fictional characters in Marvel Comics.
  2. Cancer is a fictional character in a 2011 film Seeking Justice.


  1. Cancer is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for crab and it is commonly represented as one. Its astrological symbol is . Cancer is a medium-size constellation with an area of 506 square degrees and its stars are rather faint, its brightest star Beta Cancri having an apparent magnitude of 3.5. It contains two stars with known planets, including 55 Cancri, which has five: one super-earth and four gas giants, one of which is in the habitable zone and as such has expected temperatures similar to Earth. Located at the center of the constellation is Praesepe, one of the closest open clusters to Earth and a popular target for amateur astronomers.
  2. Cancer is the fourth astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Cancer. It spans the 90-120th degree of the zodiac, between 90 and 125.25 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between June 21 and July 22, and under the sidereal zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately July 16 and August 15. The symbol of the crab is based on the Karkinos, a giant crab that harassed Hercules during his fight with the Hydra.
    • also known as Cáncer (Spanish)
  3. Cancer is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by John Wiley & Sons for the American Cancer Society as their official journal. The journal started publication in 1948. Since 1997 one volume per year has the section title Cancer Cytopathology, with volume numbers integrated into those of Cancer and with the same ISSN. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 4.901.
  4. Cancer: According to traditional Chinese uranography, the modern constellation Cancer is located within the southern quadrant of the sky, which is symbolized as the Vermilion Bird of the South.
    • also known as Cancer in Chinese astronomy

Phrases with Cancer

Phrases starting with the word Cancer:

  1. Cancer Lar
  2. Cancer Uca
  3. cancer body
  4. Cancer Bufo
  5. Cancer Bush
  6. cancer cell
  7. Cancer Dama
  8. cancer drug
  9. Cancer Maja
  10. Cancer Ovis
  11. Cancer Sayi
  12. Cancer Thoe
  13. cancer weed
  14. Cancer-Root
  15. Cancer Bipes
  16. Cancer Gigas

Phrases ending with the word Cancer:

  1. lung cancer
  2. oral cancer
  3. skin cancer
  4. Brain Cancer

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cancer

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Google previewThe Rotarian (1922)

Cancer is an anarchy in growth.

Cancer is a disease which, when neglected in its beginning, destroys its victim by a slow but relentless precision that is the despair of the medical attendant and subjects the aHiicted one to a painful death.

Google previewBattling And Beating Cancer (2009)

The Cancer Survival Book by Scott Seaman

Cancer is a monster that kills millions of people, ends lives prematurely, and makes wives widows, men widowers, and children orphans. From our...

It is a war, cancer is the enemy, and you have to do everything you can do to defeat it. We will ...

Google previewNursing Practice (2014)

Knowledge and Care by Ian Peate, Karen Wild, Muralitharan Nair

Cancer is a generic term for a host of different illnesses; some develop as a result of lifestyle choices we make and...

Cancer is an illness that affects all of a person's social circle – families, friends and work colleagues, so we are not just caring ...

Google previewSensational After 60 (2013)

Loving Life All Over Again by Shirley Mitchell

Cancer is the second most common cause of death, followed by stroke, then chronic lower respiratory diseases, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza, and septicemia (severe blood infection). A few years ago, a study by ...

Google previewOccupational and Environmental Health (2006)

Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury by Barry S. Levy

Cancer is a major public health problem. Each year, approximately...

Google previewThe Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Cancer Patients (1990)

by Jane G. Goldberg

Lockhart Cancer is a family of diseases often characterized by rapid and relatively unrestrained proliferation of undifferentiated cells that invade bodily organs and tissues and spread from original ...

Google previewClinical Exercise Physiology (2009)

by Jonathan K. Ehrman

Cancer is a unique disease because it can originate in any organ system, can spread to other organ systems, and has...

SCOPE Cancer is the major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world and accounts for 23% of all deaths ...

Google previewCancer and Migration: Epidemiological studies on relationship between country of birth, socio-economic position and cancer (2010)

Endometrial cancer is a post-menopausal cancer with 90% of cases occurring in women over 50 years of age (32).

Google previewAll-In-One Nursing Care Planning Resource (2015)

Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health by Pamela L. Swearingen

The term cancer refers to several disease entities, all of which have in common the proliferation of abnormal cells.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States after cardiac disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 ...

Google previewThe Everything Menopause Book (2003)

Reassuring Advice and the Latest Information to Keep You Healthy and Sane by Lorna Gentry, Ramona Slupik

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States; nearly four of every ten Americans will have some kind...

Actually cancer is a family of diseases, all of which occur when cell growth goes out of control in some part of the body.

Google previewGenetic Disorders of the Exocrine Pancreas (2002)

An Overview and Update by Peter R. Durie, Markus M. Lerch, Albert B. Lowenfels, Patrick Maisonneuve, Charles D. Ulrich

Karger AG, Basel Introduction Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with a poor prognosis, an overall 5-year survival rate of less than 1% and...

At present, pancreatic cancer is the fourth...

One of the reasons for the dismal prognosis of pancreatic cancer is that oncologic strategies such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, ...

Google previewProstate Cancer (2011)

Invasive cancer is the end result of carcinogenesis, a chronic process occurring over many years. The protracted nature of this process provides an opportunity to intervene pharmacologically to prevent, reverse, or delay carcinogenesis, ...

Google previewNutrition and Development (2013)

Short and Long Term Consequences for Health by BNF (British Nutrition Foundation)

Cancer is a major cause of disease and mortality worldwide. Almost 11 million...

Google previewCancer Dictionary (2004)

by Henry A. Rose

Stage IVA: Cancer has spread beyond the nasopharynx to other areas in the head and may have spread to nearby lymph...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer and Society (2007)

by Graham A. Colditz

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Mesothelioma, Adult Malignant Mesothelioma, Childhood Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome, Childhood Multiple Myeloma/ Plasma Cell ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica (1902)

by Chalmers Watson

It is this illimitation which constitutes one of the greatest difficulties in dealing with cancer surgically, and has led surgeons to advocate the complete extirpation of cancerous organs whenever possible with the hope of eradicating the disease.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress: A-D (2000)

Breast cancer involves a myriad of stressors. Diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and long-term survival present a series of challenges that can contribute to psychological morbidity. In fact, a small proportion of women who have been treated for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (2004)

by Tova Navarra

cancer treatment with vitamins 39 Indochina and South China, that yields a fruit resembling an olive and containing an oily kernel used for candies and cooking. The fruit is also used in Chinese medicine for sore throat and diarrhea, and as an ...

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Small photo of Doctor Hands Holding Pink Cancer Awareness RibbonSmall photo of Real Female hairless fight against cancer at the beachSmall photo of Patient kid lie down on couch or sofa in patient suit with her doll.Girl cover her head with blue hat or headscarf.Kid look sad,tired and sick.Concept of childhood cancer awareness.Selective focus.Small photo of Doctor holding blue ribbon, closeup. Cancer awareness conceptSmall photo of colorful ribbons, cancer awareness, World cancer day backgroundSmall photo of Adult and child hands holding Teal Ribbon, toning background, Ovarian Cancer, cervical CancerSmall photo of Close up view of female hands holding sea-green ribbon. Ovarian cancer and gynecological disorders concept More...

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Quotes about Cancer

I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed ... the president himself would be killed by it. (John Dean)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1C3E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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