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neoadjuvant

[ nee-oh-aj-uh-vuhnt ]
/ ˌni oʊˈædʒ ə vənt /
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adjective Medicine/Medical.

utilizing drugs, radiation therapy, or other means of supplemental treatment before cancer surgery or other primary cancer treatment: Her neoadjuvant therapy included hormones and chemo, which shrank the tumor prior to its surgical removal.

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Origin of neoadjuvant

First recorded in 1980–85; neo- + adjuvant
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