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chemo

[kee-moh, kem-oh] /ˈki moʊ, ˈkɛm oʊ/
noun, plural chemos. Informal.
1.
chemotherapy or a chemotherapy treatment.
Origin of chemo
by shortening; see -o

chemo-

1.
a combining form with the meanings “chemical,” “chemically induced,” “chemistry,” used in the formation of compound words:
chemotherapy.
Also, especially before elements of Latin origin, chemi-.
Also, especially before a vowel, chem-.
Origin
chem-, extracted from chemical or chemistry + -o- or -i-
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chemo

/ˈkiːməʊ/
noun
1.
(informal) short for chemotherapy

chemo-

combining form
1.
indicating that chemicals or chemical reactions are involved: chemotherapy
Word Origin
New Latin, from Late Greek khēmeia; see alchemy
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Word Origin and History for chemo

chemo-

before vowels chem-, word-forming element denoting "relation to chemical action or chemicals," from comb. form of chemical (adj.), used to form scientific compound words from c.1900.

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chemo in Medicine

chemo che·mo (kē'mō, kěm'ō)
n.
Chemotherapy or a chemotherapeutic treatment.

chemo- or chemi- or chem-
pref.
Chemicals; chemical: chemotherapy.

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