cancer etymology

English word cancer comes from Proto-Indo-European *sker-, Proto-Indo-European *gen-, Ancient Greek (to 1453) καρκίνος, Italian crab, and later Proto-Italic *karkros (Enclosure, barrier.)

Detailed word origin of cancer

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*sker- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) cut, to turn, bend, to bend, turn, shear, to twist, bend, dung, manure
*gen- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to pinch, squeeze, bend, press together, ball3, to pinch, squeeze, bend, press, ball up
καρκίνος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
crab Italian (ita)
*karkros Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Enclosure, barrier.
*gong- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
cancer Latin (lat) A crab. A lattice, grid, or barrier. A tumor, cancer.
cancer French (fra) Cancer.
cancer English (eng) (figuratively) Something damaging that spreads throughout something else.. (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.

Words with the same origin as cancer

Descendants of *sker-
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Descendants of *gen-
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