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adjuvant

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adjective ad·ju·vant \ˈa-jə-vənt\

Definition of adjuvant

  1. 1 :  serving to aid or contribute :  auxiliary

  2. 2 :  assisting in the prevention, amelioration, or cure of disease <adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery>

Did You Know?

Things that are adjuvant rarely get top billing—they're the supporting players, not the stars. But that doesn't mean they're not important. An adjuvant medicine, for example, can have a powerful healing effect when teamed up with another medicine or curative treatment. Adjuvant descends from the Latin verb adjuvare ("to aid"), which also gave English the nouns coadjutor ("assistant") and aid. These days, adjuvant tends to turn up most often in medical contexts, but it can also be used in the general sense of "serving to aid." Likewise, the noun adjuvant can mean "a drug or method that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment" or simply "one that helps or facilitates."

Origin and Etymology of adjuvant

French or Latin; French, from Latin adjuvant-, adjuvans, present participle of adjuvare to aid — more at aid


First Known Use: 1574


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adjuvant

noun ad·ju·vant

Definition of adjuvant

  1. :  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

1609

First Known Use of adjuvant

1609


Medical Dictionary

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adjuvant

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adjective ad·ju·vant \ˈaj-ə-vənt\

Medical Definition of adjuvant

  1. 1:  serving to aid or contribute

  2. 2:  assisting in the prevention, amelioration, or cure of disease <adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery>


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adjuvant

noun ad·ju·vant

Medical Definition of adjuvant

  1. :  one that helps or facilitates: asa:  an ingredient (as in a prescription or solution) that facilitates or modifies the action of the principal ingredient <the beneficial activity of the spray is enhanced by adjuvants>b:  something (as a drug or method) that enhances the effectiveness of a medical treatment <used chemotherapy as an adjuvant to surgery>c:  a substance enhancing the immune response to an antigen



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