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on·co·gene

 (ŏn′kə-jēn, ŏng′-)
n.
1. Any of various mutated genes that cause the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells.
2. Any of various viral genes that transform host cells into cancerous cells.

[Greek onkos, mass, tumor; see oncology + gene.]
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oncogene

(ˈɒŋkəʊˌdʒiːn)
n
(Genetics) any of several genes, first identified in viruses but present in all cells, that when abnormally activated can cause cancer
[C20 from Gk onkos mass, tumour + gene]
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on•co•gene

(ˈɒŋ kəˌdʒin)

n.
any gene that is a causative factor in the initiation of cancerous growth.
[1965–70]
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on·co·gene

(ŏn′kə-jēn)
A gene containing a mutation in its DNA that causes normal cells to turn into cancerous ones. See Note at cancer.
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Noun1.oncogene - a gene that disposes normal cells to change into cancerous tumor cellsoncogene - a gene that disposes normal cells to change into cancerous tumor cells
cistron, gene, factor - (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors"
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Results from this study indicate the activation of tumor suppressor proteins such as p27 and RB1 coherently triggered with suppressor oncogene proteins such as SKP2 and BLC2.