Meaning of ADJUVANT in English


I. ˈa-jə-vənt adjective

Etymology: French or Latin; French, from Latin adjuvant-, adjuvans, present participle of adjuvare to aid — more at aid

Date: 1574

1. : serving to aid or contribute : auxiliary

2. : assisting in the prevention, amelioration, or cure of disease

adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery

II. noun

Date: 1609

: one that helps or facilitates: as

a. : an ingredient (as in a prescription or a solution) that modifies the action of the principal ingredient

b. : something (as a drug or method) that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment

used chemotherapy as an adjuvant to surgery

c. : a substance (as one added to a vaccine) enhancing the immune response to an antigen

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