• Oncogene

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈɒŋkə(ʊ)dʒiːn/

    Origin

    From - + gene.

    Full definition of oncogene

    Noun

    oncogene

    (plural oncogenes)
    1. (oncology, genetics) Any gene that contributes to the conversion of a normal cell into a cancerous cell when mutated or expressed at high levels.
      • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 234:It was obvious from the start what kinds of genes oncogenes would turn out to be – genes that encourage cells to grow.

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