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chemotherapy Line breaks: chemo|ther¦apy
Pronunciation: /ˌkiːmə(ʊ)ˈθɛrəpi/

Definition of chemotherapy in English:


[mass noun]
The treatment of disease by the use of chemical substances, especially the treatment of cancer by cytotoxic and other drugs.
Example sentences
  • Cancer treatment using chemotherapy or radiotherapy can also make men infertile.
  • The main treatments for bone cancer are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery.
  • This is used less often than surgery and chemotherapy to treat ovarian cancer.



Pronunciation: /ˌkiːməʊˈθɛrəpɪst/
Example sentences
  • People using these drugs were called chemotherapists and are now called medical oncologists or cancer specialists.
  • When celebrated chemotherapist Dr Kettering found out he had advanced cancer, he told his colleagues, ‘Do anything you want - but no chemotherapy!’
  • I asked my first question of my doctor and chemotherapist: ‘What is the best technical literature about mesothelioma?’

Words that rhyme with chemotherapy

aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, radiotherapy, therapy

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