che·​mo·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic ˌkē-mō-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio)
: of, relating to, or used in chemotherapy
chemotherapeutic noun
chemotherapeutically adverb

Examples of chemotherapeutic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disparity in access to this chemotherapeutic agent, whose benefits have been known for two decades, is one of the key reasons why African patients die so much earlier than those in the U.S., where 85% of patients receiving treatment survive until adulthood. Jayasree K. Iyer, STAT, 12 July 2023 Alpha-gal syndrome was first recognized in the early years of the 21st century when a physician noticed that allergic reactions to a chemotherapeutic drug containing galactose-α-1,3-galactose were much more common in the Southeast than in the rest of the country. New York Times, 9 May 2022 The team tethered magnetic nanoparticles, called iron oxide, and a locked package of chemotherapeutic drugs to E. coli. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2022 This can often be treated with cryotherapy (extreme cold air treatment), a topical chemotherapeutic agent (a drug that works to slow down or stop cancer cell growth), or photodynamic therapy (a light treatment used to destroy abnormal cells). Isadora Baum, Allure, 31 Oct. 2022 One example: Researchers combined a blood pressure medication, already generically available for humans and dogs, with a chemotherapeutic agent, also approved by the Food and Drug Administration for humans and dogs. Rodney Lee Page, The Conversation, 9 Mar. 2022 Methotrexate, a chemotherapeutic drug, is most commonly used and is typically injected into your upper arm or buttocks in one dose (or possibly multiple doses). Annie Sneed, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 It's often treated with cryotherapy, a topical chemotherapeutic agent, or photodynamic therapy. Isadora Baum, Allure, 11 Dec. 2019 In one procession are the discoverers and synthesizers of various antibiotics for infections, chemotherapeutic agents for cancers, corticosteroids for lupus, and the like. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 15 July 2019 See More

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Word History


chemo- + therapeutic, after German chemotherapeutisch

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chemotherapeutic was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Chemotherapeutic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
che·​mo·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic -ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-ik How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio)
variants also chemotherapeutical
: of, relating to, or used in chemotherapy
chemotherapeutically adverb


2 of 2 noun
variants or chemotherapeutical
: an agent used in chemotherapy
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