che·​mo | \ ˈkē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce chemo (audio) \

Definition of chemo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

variants: or less commonly chemi-

Definition of chemo- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : chemical : chemistry chemotaxis
2 : chemically chemisorb

Examples of chemo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Rodriguez, the cancer patient from Texas, finishes his course of chemo early next year, doctors will do a liquid biopsy to check for circulating tumor DNA. NBC News, 17 Dec. 2021 In the hospital, the chemo and cancer left the dancer shaky. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 The chemo fighting it has robbed me of so much; fatigue has been an unrelenting visitor. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 After her third chemo session, Francesca caught a fungal infection that sent her into septic shock. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 The process starts with a patient putting on a tight frozen cap before chemo. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021 In between rounds of chemo, Spangler has become an expert on wig styling. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 22 Oct. 2021 One sorority sister, a teacher from Arkansas, recently endured several rounds of chemo to beat back breast cancer. Marni Jameson,, 8 Oct. 2021 My treatment plan included two surgeries, two intensive rounds of chemo, monthly injections to alternating butt cheeks, and radiation. Nneka Joi, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of chemo


1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemo


by shortening

Combining form

chem- (in chemical entry 1) + -o-

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16 Jan 2022

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“Chemo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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