chemotherapy

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Definition of chemotherapy

:the therapeutic use of chemical agents to treat disease; especially :the administration of one or more cytotoxic drugs to destroy or inhibit the growth and division of malignant cells in the treatment of cancer
Note: Chemotherapy may be used alone as a primary treatment or may be used before, after, or in conjunction with surgery or radiation.
called also chemo

chemotherapist

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Origin and Etymology of chemotherapy

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CHEMOTHERAPY Defined for English Language Learners

chemotherapy

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Definition of chemotherapy for English Language Learners

  • medical : the use of chemicals to treat or control a disease (such as cancer)


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chemotherapy

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noun che·mo·ther·a·py \ -ˈther-ə-pē \

medical Definition of chemotherapy

plural chemotherapies
:the therapeutic use of chemical agents to treat disease
  • Pyrazinamide is one of the most important drugs in modern chemotherapy of tuberculosis …
  • —Max Salfinger et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association22 Mar. 1995
; especially :the administration of one or more cytotoxic drugs to destroy or inhibit the growth and division of malignant cells in the treatment of cancer
  • Cancer cells mutate at a furious rate, and they can evolve the means to resist most chemotherapy drugs, requiring higher and more toxic doses to achieve an effect.
  • —Shannon Brownlee and Nancy ShuteU.S. News & World Report18 May 1998
  • Neutropenia and infection are major dose-limiting side effects of chemotherapy.
  • —Jeffrey Crawford et al.The New England Journal of Medicine18 July 1991
called also chemo
Note: Chemotherapy may be used alone as a primary treatment or may be used before, after, or in conjunction with surgery or radiation.


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