- serving to help or assist; auxiliary.
- Medicine/Medical. utilizing drugs, radiation therapy, or other means of supplemental treatment following cancer surgery.
- a person or thing that aids or helps.
- anything that aids in removing or preventing a disease, especially a substance added to a prescription to aid the effect of the main ingredient.
- Immunology. a substance admixed with an immunogen in order to elicit a more marked immune response.
Origin of adjuvant
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It is added to other medicines, either as a corrective, or adjuvant.
This tincture is reputed pectoral and expectorant; but it is chiefly used as an adjuvant in mixtures, on account of its flavour.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
There is no scientific evidence that it has any value either alone or as an adjuvant to sandal oil.
How the use of yeast as an adjuvant to otherwise inadequate food mixtures exerts its beneficial effect is not yet made clear.
Epinephrin, or pituitary extract, is used as an adjuvant intravenously to increase the cardiac movement after it has been started.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
- aiding or assisting
- something that aids or assists; auxiliary
- med a drug or other substance that enhances the activity of another
- immunol a substance that enhances the immune response stimulated by an antigen when injected with the antigen
C17: from Latin adjuvāns, present participle of adjuvāre, from juvāre to help
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- A pharmacological agent added to a drug, predictably affecting the action of the drug's active ingredient.
- An immunological vehicle for enhancing antigenicity, such as a water-in-oil emulsion in which antigen solution is emulsified in mineral oil.immunoadjuvant
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