Adjective "adjuvant" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of therapy) applied after initial treatment for cancer, especially to suppress secondary tumour formation.
  1. 'Three patients received no adjuvant treatment, and no information on adjuvant therapy was available for the remaining 4 patients.'
  2. 'Women with breast cancer may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or both.'


A substance which enhances the body's immune response to an antigen.
  1. 'Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in biologic agents as potential adjuvants in the treatment of chronic wounds.'
  2. 'The products use a large amount of organisms and adjuvants such as aluminum hydroxide or oil to produce a sufficient immune response.'

More definitions

1. serving to help or assist; auxiliary.

2. Medicine/Medical. utilizing drugs, radiation therapy, or other means of supplemental treatment following cancer surgery. noun

3. a person or thing that aids or helps.

4. anything that aids in removing or preventing a disease, especially a substance added to a prescription to aid the effect of the main ingredient.

5. Immunology. a substance admixed with an immunogen in order to elicit a more marked immune response.

More examples(as adjective)

"therapies can be adjuvant."

"chemotherapies can be adjuvant."

"treatments can be adjuvant."

"acids can be adjuvant."

"systems can be adjuvant."

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