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Usage note
When it refers to the zodiac sign, the plural of “cáncer” is “cáncer.” The adjective "cáncer" is invariable, which means its form does not change according to the gender or number of the noun it describes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (illness)
a. cancer
La quimioterapia y la radioterapia son muy duras, pero haré todo lo necesario para vencer al cáncer.Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are tough, but I'll do whatever it takes to defeat cancer.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(moral evil)
a. cancer
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
La corrupción es el cáncer que está consumiendo a nuestro país.Corruption is the cancer that is consuming our country.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (person born under the sign of Cancer)
a. Cancer
Ya se ha emocionado con la película. ¡Típico de los cáncer!He's already moved by the movie! Typical of a Cancer!
b. Cancerian
No es propio de un cáncer tomar decisiones a la ligera.Taking lightly decisions isn't par for the course for a Cancerian.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (born under the sign of Cancer)
a. Cancer (noun)
Mi novio es cáncer y, al contrario de lo que dice la astrología, nos llevamos muy bien.My boyfriend is a Cancer and, contrary to what astrology says, we get along pretty well.
b. Cancerian
¿Naciste el veinte de junio? No eres cáncer, sino géminis.You were born on June 20th? You're not Cancerian; you're Geminian.
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
5. (astronomy)
a. Cancer
¿Estás seguro de que eso es Cáncer? No tiene forma de cangrejo.Are you sure that's Cancer? It doesn't look like a crab.
6. (zodiac sign)
a. Cancer
El día que naciste, el Sol se encontraba en Cáncer.The day you were born, the Sun was in Cancer.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (medicine)
a. cancer
cáncer cervicalcervical cancer
cáncer de mamabreast cancer
cáncer de pulmónlung cancer
2. (zodiaco)
a. Cancer
ser cáncerto be (a) Cancer
3. (persona)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. Cancer, Cancerian
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(Med) cancer
cáncer cervical cáncer de cuello uterino cervical cancer; cancer of the cervix
cáncer de los huesos bone cancer
cáncer de mama breast cancer
cáncer de ovario ovarian cancer
cáncer de pulmón lung cancer
(Zodíaco) Cancer; Cancerian
los cáncer son así that's what Cancers o Cancerians are like
(Zodíaco) Cancer; Cancerian
soy cáncer I'm (a) Cancer; I'm a Cancerian
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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