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oncogene (n.)

"gene which can transform a normal cell into a tumor cell," 1969, from onco- "tumor" + -gene, from root of Greek gignere (perfective genui) "to beget, produce," from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget." Related: Oncogenesis "formation or production of tumors" (1932); oncogenic (1949).

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