Chemotherapeutic (adjective)

  1. Relating to or used in chemotherapy, the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a selective toxic effect on the disease-causing microorganisms or cancer cells.
  2. Relating to the use of chemical compounds to treat disease.


From the greek word chemeia ("chemistry") + therapeutikos ("tending to hea.l")


  1. He received a chemotherapeutic treatment to combat the cancer cells.
  2. The chemotherapeutic drug was administered intravenously.
  3. The patient had to undergo a series of chemotherapeutic treatments.
  4. The chemotherapeutic treatment had severe side effects.
  5. The chemotherapeutic agent targeted specific cancer cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
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