from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to cause or give rise to tumors: an oncogenic virus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. tending to cause the formation of tumors
  • adj. related to the formation of tumors


Greek onkos, mass, tumor; see oncology + -genic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
onco- (“tumor”) + -genic (“producing”) (Wiktionary)


  • However, these discoveries were soon forgotten and only after a long eclipse was interest in oncogenic viruses revived in the fifties.

    Renato Dulbecco - Nobel Lecture

  • Proteins that when expressed out of context cause a cell to become cancerous are known as oncogenic proteins.

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  • Apart from monoclonal antibodies, small molecule therapeutics such as oncogenic protein kinase inhibitors are attracting a vast amount of investigational attention.


  • Working on a small oncogenic DNA virus, polyoma, I could show there, with I. Macpherson, a new property of transformed cells, that of growing in soft agar.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • In order to perfect my knowledge of oncogenic viruses, I moved from Carshalton to Glasgow where a new Institute of Virology had been recently inaugurated, headed by a remarkable virologist, Michael Stocker, and where many high-ranking visitors, among them Renato Dulbecco, were spending sabbatical years.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • A great mystery remained at that time: that of the replication of the oncogenic RNA viruses, now known as retroviruses.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • Back to France at the Institut Curie, I extended this finding to a number of cancer cells, transformed or not by oncogenic RNA or DNA viruses.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • We showed that naked DNA alone carried all the oncogenic potential of the virus.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • In 1969 – 70, the isolation of an RNA-polymerase associated with the viral particles of the vesicular stomatitis virus led to the idea that perhaps a key enzyme was also associated with the oncogenic RNA viruses.

    Luc Montagnier - Autobiography

  • Our genetic evidence from Drosophila and previous in vitro studies of mammalian Atonal homolog 1 (Atoh1, also called Math1 or Hath1) suggest an anti-oncogenic function for the Atonal group of proneural basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors.

    Archive 2009-04-01


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