che·​mo·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌkē-mō-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio) \

Definition of chemotherapeutic

: of, relating to, or used in chemotherapy

Other Words from chemotherapeutic

chemotherapeutic noun
chemotherapeutically \ ˌkē-​mō-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of chemotherapeutic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Additionally, there are few chemotherapeutic drugs that have any impact on the tumor. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of chemotherapeutic

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemotherapeutic

chemo- + therapeutic, after German chemotherapeutisch

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“Chemotherapeutic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for chemotherapeutic


che·​mo·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ -ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-ik How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio) \
variants: also chemotherapeutical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemotherapeutic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or used in chemotherapy

Other Words from chemotherapeutic

chemotherapeutically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chemotherapeutic (audio) \ adverb


variants: or chemotherapeutical

Medical Definition of chemotherapeutic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent used in chemotherapy


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