chemo brain

noun

: impaired cognition (such as memory loss or lack of concentration) that has been observed in patients who have received chemotherapy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Among the many unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy treatment, researchers have just confirmed another: chemo brain. Lisa Raffensperger, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2012 There are many side effects associated with chemo brain but some of them are confusion, difficulty concentrating and short-term memory problems. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2022 One area where her chemo brain has not affected her is in her research. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, 4 Sep. 2020 People with chemo brain often complain of a mix of impairments across several domains. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, 16 June 2018 That problem is evident in the wide-ranging estimates of how many patients are affected by chemo brain. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, 16 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Chemo brain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemo%20brain. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

chemo brain

noun
: impaired cognition (such as memory loss or lack of concentration) that has been observed in patients who have received chemotherapy
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