[ kee-moh, kem-oh ]
/ ˈki moʊ, ˈkɛm oʊ /
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noun, plural che·mos.Informal.
chemotherapy or a chemotherapy treatment.
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Origin of chemo
By shortening; see -o
Other definitions for chemo (2 of 2)
a combining form with the meanings “chemical,” “chemically induced,” “chemistry,” used in the formation of compound words: chemotherapy.
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At the time that sounded like a great idea, but I was also about to start chemo and so that idea was temporarily put on hold.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’|Amy Grantham|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I would sit with her and talk while she was in chemo at UCLA,” he says.Oh Yes, He’s The Great Connector: Jason Hirschhorn’s Expertly Curated World|Lloyd Grove|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He goes to the hospital practically every day for what he called a quick shot of chemo.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?|David Freedlander|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her body was being destroyed by chemo and I became devoted to helping her.Ricki Lake: The ‘Weed the People’ Filmmaker on Why We Should Legalize Marijuana|Ricki Lake|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After surgery, the patients all received the standard therapy of chemo, radiotherapy and endocrine therapy.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer|ProPublica|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for chemo (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkiːməʊ) /
informal short for chemotherapy
British Dictionary definitions for chemo (2 of 2)
chemi- or before a vowel chem-
indicating that chemicals or chemical reactions are involvedchemotherapy
Word Origin for chemo-
New Latin, from Late Greek khēmeia; see alchemy
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