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Definitions of cancer

  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. type genus of the family Cancridae
  3. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  4. a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini
  5. ( astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  6. genus of the family Cancridae
  7. A genus of decapod Crustacea, including some of the most common shore crabs of Europe and North America, as the rock crab, Jonah crab, etc. See Crab.
  8. The fourth of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The first point is the northern limit of the sun's course in summer; hence, the sign of the summer solstice. See Tropic.
  9. Formerly, any malignant growth, esp. one attended with great pain and ulceration, with cachexia and progressive emaciation. It was so called, perhaps, from the great veins which surround it, compared by the ancients to the claws of a crab. The term is now restricted to such a growth made up of aggregations of epithelial cells, either without support or embedded in the meshes of a trabecular framework.
  10. One of the twelve divisions, called Signs, through which the sun passes in its yearly course; this sign, represented by a crab, is the northernmost point of the sun's course; the sign of the summer solstice, or the time when the sun is farthest from the equator; cancer, a disease characterized by a tumor or growth very dangerous to life.
  11. Cancerous.
  12. 1. Any malignant neoplasm. 2. Specifically, carcinoma as distinguished from sarcoma.
  13. See Carcinoma.
  14. An eating, spreading tumor or canker, supposed to resemble a crab: a sign of the zodiac.
  15. An eating tumor.
  16. Sign of the crab in the zodiac.
  17. A malignant and commonly fatal tumor; any inveterate and spreading evil.
  18. The Crab, a zodiacal constellation or sign. See TROPIC.
  19. The crab; one of the signs of the zodiac, the sign of the summer solstice; a very painful eating tumour, presenting the appearance of a crab with its claws extended.
  20. A spreading sore on the body or in some internal part, very painful and very fatal; a crab; one of the signs of the zodiac.
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Usage examples for cancer

  1. The treatment is the same as for cancer; the use of radium is more likely to be beneficial than in epithelioma. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  2. Soil, Grass and Cancer. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  3. I believe it will develop cancer sooner or later in me. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. It is a disease as deadly as the cancer; and while one particle of it remains in the constitution, no cure can be effected. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  5. In the other love described to me was restlessness, agitation, torture, the soul spinning like an atom driven by winds, the heart devoured as by a disease, a cancer. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  6. In comparison to millions I knew that I had received more than a fair share of the goods of life; but knowing another has leprosy makes our cancer none the easier to bear. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  7. Are we not feeding a cancer that will take another war to cut from our vitals? – The World Decision by Robert Herrick
  8. Think of what it would mean to a man dying of cancer. – Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown
  9. And then the pile, like a mechanical cancer, ripped the slagger apart and then absorbed it. – The Junkmakers by Albert R. Teichner
  10. Have a cancer in the bowels next week or go off to see a dyin' brother, but don't give evidence at the Logan Trial- don't do it. – You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  11. The file library is full of information about cancer. – The Online World by Odd de Presno
  12. To your spiritual nature it will be as a cancer is to your physical nature. – Godliness by Catherine Booth
  13. Cancer, also, and allied constitutional diseases of strong hereditary character, would yet, as far as I can see, prevail. – Hygeia, a City of Health by Benjamin Ward Richardson
  14. Then, too, my dear Lytham, we must get it into our heads that the Irish trouble is like a cancer in the body of the Constitution. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  15. " I can't bear to tell about the last couple of years- how I used to find Karl sick abed in one room and his wife, the lovely Jenny, in another room tortured by cancer. – The Marx He Knew by John Spargo
  16. As I look round this town, this whole country, and see how the second generation of the rich is rotten with the money- cancer, I feel that your grand, wise father had one of the visions that come only to those who are about to leave the world and have their eyes cleared of the dust of the combat, and their minds cooled of its passions." – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  17. He was suffering from cancer of the stomach, and was already in a very advanced stage of the affection. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
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