• (RP) IPA: /ˈkænsə/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈkæːnsə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkænsɚ/


  1. (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
  2. (figuratively) Something damaging that spreads throughout something else.
Synonyms Related terms

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkænsə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkænsɚ/
Proper noun
  1. (zodiac constellations) A constellation of the zodiac supposedly shaped like a crab.
    • 1602 William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ↗ ii 3
      And add more coals to Cancer when he burns / With entertaining great Hyperion.
  2. (astrology) The zodiac sign for the crab, ruled by the Moon and covering June 22 - July 22 (tropical astrology) or July 16 - August 15 (sidereal astrology).
Antonyms Translations Translations Noun

cancer (plural cancers)

  1. Someone with a Cancer star sign.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: Cancer
  • Portuguese: canceriano
  • Russian: рак

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