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  1. any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. type genus of the family Cancridae Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. genus of the family Cancridae Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. A genus of decapod Crustacea, including some of the most common shore crabs of Europe and North America, as the rock crab, Jonah crab, etc. See Crab. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The fourth of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The first point is the northern limit of the sun's course in summer; hence, the sign of the summer solstice. See Tropic. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A northern constellation between Gemini and Leo. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Formerly, any malignant growth, esp. one attended with great pain and ulceration, with cachexia and progressive emaciation. It was so called, perhaps, from the great veins which surround it, compared by the ancients to the claws of a crab. The term is now restricted to such a growth made up of aggregations of epithelial cells, either without support or embedded in the meshes of a trabecular framework. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. New abnormal growth of tissue. Malignant neoplasms show a greater degree of anaplasia and have the properties of invasion and metastasis, compared to benign neoplasms. Medical Dictionary DB
  12. One of the twelve divisions, called Signs, through which the sun passes in its yearly course; this sign, represented by a crab, is the northernmost point of the sun's course; the sign of the summer solstice, or the time when the sun is farthest from the equator; cancer, a disease characterized by a tumor or growth very dangerous to life. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Cancerous. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 1. Any malignant neoplasm. 2. Specifically, carcinoma as distinguished from sarcoma. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. See Carcinoma. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  16. An eating, spreading tumor or canker, supposed to resemble a crab: a sign of the zodiac. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. An eating tumor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Sign of the crab in the zodiac. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. A malignant and commonly fatal tumor; any inveterate and spreading evil. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. The Crab, a zodiacal constellation or sign. See TROPIC. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The crab; one of the signs of the zodiac, the sign of the summer solstice; a very painful eating tumour, presenting the appearance of a crab with its claws extended. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. A spreading sore on the body or in some internal part, very painful and very fatal; a crab; one of the signs of the zodiac. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. kan's[.e]r, n. the name for an important group of malignant tumours, divided into two groups, Carcinomata and Sarcomata, the name being now strictly used only of the former: a constellation between Gemini and Leo, and a sign of the zodiac showing the limits of the sun's course northward in summer: the typical genus of the family Cancridæ--v.i. CANCER'ATE, to become cancerous.--ns. CANCER[=A]'TION; CAN'CERITE, a petrified crab.--adj. CAN'CEROUS, of or like a cancer.--adv. CAN'CEROUSLY.--n. CAN'CEROUSNESS.--adjs. CAN'CRIFORM, CAN'CROID, crab-like. [L. cancer; cog. with Gr. karkinos, a crab.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. A crab.' Car'cinos, Lupus cancro'sus. A disease, so called either on account of the hideous appearance which the ulcerated cancer presents, or on account of the great veins which surround it, and which the ancients compared to the claws of the crab: called also Carcino'ma. It consists of a scirrhous, livid tumour, intersected by firm, whitish, divergent bands; and occurs chiefly in the secernent glands. The pains are acute and lancinating, and often extend to other parts. The tumour, ultimately, terminates in a fetid and ichorous ulcer,-Uleus cancro'sum. It is distinguished, according to its stages, into occult, Cancer occul'tus, and open, C. aper'tus; the former being the scirrhous, the latter the ulcerated condition. At times, there is a simple destruction or erosion of the organ, at others, an encephaloid or cerebriform, and, at others, again, a colloid degeneration. For its production, it requires a peculiar diathesis, or cachexia. The following table, from Dr. Walshe, exhibits the characters of the three species of carcinoma: The use of irritants in cancerous affections is strongly to be deprecated. When the disease is so situate that excision can be practised, and the constitution does not exhibit great contamination, the sooner it is removed the better. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  25. C-, n. Zodiacal constellation the Crab (C-); fourth sign of zodiac (C-); TROPIC of C.; malignant tumour eating the part it is in, spreading indefinitely, & recurring when removed, (fig.) evil (sloth, bribery, &c.) acting similarly, whence cancered, cancerous, aa. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. A malignant tumor made up chiefly of epithelial cells; carcinoma. American pocket medical dictionary.
  27. Popular term for malignant tumors, infiltrations, and ulcers: (carcinoma) restricted by Virchow to those that are wholly or partly of epithelial origin. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  28. All tumors in which there is infiltration and apparently independent growth of epithelial or gland cells, whether slightly or markedly atypical, into the surrounding tissue Appleton's medical dictionary.
  29. n. [Saxon] The crab;—a sign in the zodiac resembling a crab in form, and denoting the northern limit of the sun's course in summer;—a livid scirrhous tumour, usually terminating in an ulcer. Cabinet Dictionary
  30. A crabfish; the sign of the summer solstice; a virulent swelling, or sore. Complete Dictionary

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