Etymology
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cancerous (adj.)

1560s, "afflicted with cancer," from cancer + -ous. Figurative sense, "like a cancer, virulent" is from 1660s.

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Definitions of cancerous

cancerous (adj.)
relating to or affected with cancer;
a cancerous growth
cancerous (adj.)
like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads;
remorse was cancerous within him
pornography is cancerous to the moral development of our children
From wordnet.princeton.edu