- the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a specific toxic effect upon the disease-producing microorganisms or that selectively destroy cancerous tissue.
Origin of chemotherapy
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Carol was strong-willed and energetic—she continued teaching and running marathons well into her chemotherapy.
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- treatment of disease, esp cancer, by means of chemical agentsCompare radiotherapy
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Word Origin and History for chemotherapy
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- The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
- The treatment of disease using chemical agents or drugs that are selectively toxic to the causative agent of the disease, such as a virus or other microorganism.
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- The treatment of disease, especially cancer, using drugs that are destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
- The treatment of disease using chemical agents or drugs that are selectively toxic to the causative agent of the disease, such as a microorganism.
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There are often side effects to chemotherapy, a common one being the temporary loss of hair.
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