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

  • n. See squamous cell carcinoma.
  • adj. Of or relating to squamous cell carcinoma.
  • adj. Resembling a crab.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a crab
  • adj. Of or pertaining to cancer, especially to squamous cell carcinoma
  • n. Any disease that resembles cancer
  • n. Squamous cell carcinoma

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a crab; pertaining to the Cancroidea, one of the families of crabs, including the genus Cancer.
  • adj. Like a cancer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In pathology, of the nature of or resembling cancer.
  • In zoology, same as cancriform, 1.
  • n. In pathology: An epithelioma.
  • n. An adenoma
  • n. A keloid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a cancroid
  • n. the most common form of skin cancer


Latin cancer, cancr-; see canker + -oid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The earliest opinion appears to have been that canker, as the name indicates, was of a cancerous or cancroid nature.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot


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