CARCINOGEN

n. any cancer-causing substance which a person ingests or comes in contact with, directly. Also, any cancer-initiating agent which someone gets exposed to, indirectly. Tobacco smoke, for instance, can be carcinogenic. So can exposure to asbestos, radon, and other radioactive material.

CARCINOGEN: "Tobacco smoke is a carcinogen which causes lung cancer."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CARCINOGEN," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/carcinogen/ (accessed September 11, 2019).
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