chemotherapy


che·mo·ther·a·py

noun \-ˈther-ə-pē\

medical : the use of chemicals to treat or control a disease (such as cancer)

Full Definition of CHEMOTHERAPY

:  the use of chemical agents in the treatment or control of disease (as cancer) or mental illness
che·mo·ther·a·pist \-pist\ noun

Origin of CHEMOTHERAPY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1910

che·mo·ther·a·py

noun \-ˈther-ə-pē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural che·mo·ther·a·pies

Medical Definition of CHEMOTHERAPY

: the use of chemical agents in the treatment or control of disease or mental disorder

chemotherapy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Treatment of diseases, including cancer, with chemicals. Some cancer drugs interfere with cancer-cell division or enzyme processes. However, they have serious side effects, attacking some healthy cells and reducing resistance to infection. Certain steroids are used to treat breast cancer and prostate cancer, leukemia, and lymphomas. Derivatives of plants such as periwinkle (vincristine, vinblastine) and yew (taxol) have been found effective against Hodgkin disease, leukemia, and breast cancer.

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