NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,031 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- ethylene oxide
- listen (EH-thuh-leen OK-side)
- A chemical used to make antifreeze, to clean medical equipment, and as a pesticide. It is also found in tobacco smoke. Being exposed to ethylene oxide can cause lung damage, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and shortness of breath. Being exposed over a long time may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.