adjuvant


1ad·ju·vant

adjective \ˈa-jə-vənt\

Definition of ADJUVANT

1
:  serving to aid or contribute :  auxiliary
2
:  assisting in the prevention, amelioration, or cure of disease <adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery>

Origin of ADJUVANT

French or Latin; French, from Latin adjuvant-, adjuvans, present participle of adjuvare to aid — more at aid
First Known Use: 1574

2adjuvant

noun

Definition of ADJUVANT

:  one that helps or facilitates: as
a :  an ingredient (as in a prescription or a solution) that modifies the action of the principal ingredient
b :  something (as a drug or method) that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment <used chemotherapy as an adjuvant to surgery>
c :  a substance (as one added to a vaccine) enhancing the immune response to an antigen

First Known Use of ADJUVANT

1609

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