The term carcinogen comes from the greek word “karkinos” which means cancer and “gen” which means give birth to.
The etymology of carcinogen is as follows:
“cancer-causing substance,” 1853, from carcinoma + -gen.
carcinoma – 1721, “malignant tumor,” from L. carcinoma, from Gk. karkinoma “a cancer,” from karkinos “crab”
gen – comb. form meaning something that produces or causes, from Fr. -gène, from Gk. -genes “born,” from genos “birth”
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