chemotherapy

[ kee-moh-ther-uh-pee, kem-oh- ]
/ ˌki moʊˈθɛr ə pi, ˌkɛm oʊ- /

noun Medicine/Medical.

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.

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Origin of chemotherapy

First recorded in 1905–10; chemo- + therapy

OTHER WORDS FROM chemotherapy

che·mo·ther·a·pist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chemotherapy

chemotherapy
/ (ˌkiːməʊˈθɛrəpɪ, kiːmə-) /

noun

treatment of disease, esp cancer, by means of chemical agentsCompare radiotherapy

Derived forms of chemotherapy

chemotherapist, noun
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Medical definitions for chemotherapy

chemotherapy
[ kē′mō-thĕrə-pē ]

n.

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.

Other words from chemotherapy

che′mo•ther′a•peutic (-pyōōtĭk) adj.che′mo•thera•pist n.
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Scientific definitions for chemotherapy

chemotherapy
[ kē′mō-thĕrə-pē ]

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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Cultural definitions for chemotherapy

chemotherapy
[ (kee-moh-ther-uh-pee) ]

The treatment of disease with chemicals. The term chemotherapy often refers to a kind of treatment for cancer in which chemicals are administered to destroy cancer cells.

notes for chemotherapy

There are often side effects to chemotherapy, a common one being the temporary loss of hair.
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