Chemotherapy



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

noun, Medicine/Medical.
1.
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.
/ˌkiːməʊˈθɛrəpɪ; kiːmə-/
noun
1.
treatment of disease, esp cancer, by means of chemical agents Compare radiotherapy
n.

1906, from German Chemotherapie, coined by German biochemist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915), from chemo- + therapie (see therapy).

chemotherapy che·mo·ther·a·py (kē’mō-thěr’ə-pē, kěm’ō-)
n.

che’mo·ther’a·peu’tic (-pyōō’tĭk) adj.
che’mo·ther’a·peu’ti·cal·ly adv.
che’mo·ther’a·pist n.
chemotherapy
(kē’mō-thěr’ə-pē)

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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