chemo-therapy

chemotherapy

[kee-moh-ther-uh-pee, kem-oh-]
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.
Compare pharmacotherapy.


Origin:
1905–10; chemo- + therapy

chemotherapist, noun
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chemotherapy (ˌkiːməʊˈθɛrəpɪ, kiːmə-)
 
n
Compare radiotherapy treatment of disease, esp cancer, by means of chemical agents
 
chemo'therapist
 
n

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chemotherapy
1907, from Ger. Chemotherapie, coined by Ger. biochemist Paul Ehrlich, from chemo- + therapie (see therapy).
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chemotherapy che·mo·ther·a·py (kē'mō-thěr'ə-pē, kěm'ō-)
n.

  1. The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.

  2. 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.


che'mo·ther'a·peu'tic (-pyōō'tĭk) adj.
che'mo·ther'a·peu'ti·cal·ly adv.
che'mo·ther'a·pist n.
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chemotherapy   (kē'mō-thěr'ə-pē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The treatment of disease, especially cancer, using drugs that are destructive to malignant cells and tissues.

  2. 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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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.

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