Definition of adjuvant in English:


Line breaks: ad¦ju|vant
Pronunciation: /ˈadʒʊv(ə)nt


  • (Of therapy) applied after initial treatment for cancer, especially to suppress secondary tumour formation.
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    • Women with breast cancer may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or both.
    • The book is divided into five short chapters that cover coping with the diagnosis of cancer, surgical treatments, adjuvant therapies, and ongoing recovery.
    • Three patients received no adjuvant treatment, and no information on adjuvant therapy was available for the remaining 4 patients.


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  • A substance which enhances the body’s immune response to an antigen.
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    • New TB adjuvants (enhancers of the immune response) have been studied.
    • The products use a large amount of organisms and adjuvants such as aluminum hydroxide or oil to produce a sufficient immune response.
    • Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in biologic agents as potential adjuvants in the treatment of chronic wounds.


late 16th century: from Latin adjuvant- 'helping towards', from the verb adjuvare, from ad- 'towards' + juvare to 'help'.

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