cancerous etymology

English word cancerous comes from English cancer, English -ous

Detailed word origin of cancerous

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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.
-ous English (eng) (chemistry) Used in chemical nomenclature to name chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a lower oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ic. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3). See Inorganic nomenclature.. Used to form adjectives from nouns, to denote possession or [...]
cancerous English (eng) (oncology) Relating to or affected with cancer.. Growing or spreading rapidly to the point of harm.

Words with the same origin as cancerous

Descendants of -ous
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