adjuvant

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin adiuvāns, present participle of adiuvāre (to help), from ad (to) + iuvāre (to help).

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adjuvant

  1. Helping; helpful; assisting. [from 16th c.]
  2. (medicine) Designating a supplementary form of treatment; specifically, a cancer therapy administered after removal of a primary tumour. [from 19th c.]
    • 2010, Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of all Maladies, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 219:
      Adjuvant chemotherapy, Carbone conjectured, could be the surgeon's little helper.
  3. (immunology) Something that contains an adjuvant. [from 20th c.]

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Noun[edit]

adjuvant (plural adjuvants)

  1. Someone who helps or facilitates; an assistant, a helper. [from 16th c.]
  2. (medicine) Something that enhances the effectiveness of a medical treatment; a supplementary treatment. [from 18th c.]
  3. (pharmacology) An additive (as in a drug) that aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient. [from 19th c.]
  4. (immunology) A substance enhancing the immune response to an antigen. [from 20th c.]

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adjuvant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of adjuvō