that helps or aids; auxiliary
Origin of adjuvantClassical Latin adjuvans, present participle of adjuvare: see aid
- a person or thing that helps
- a substance added to a drug to aid its action, specif. in increasing immune response
- A treatment that enhances an existing medical regimen, as a pharmacological agent added to a drug to increase or aid its effect.
- An immunological agent that increases the antigenic response.
Contributing to or enhancing an existing medical regimen: adjuvant chemotherapy
Origin of adjuvantFrom Latin adiuvāns adiuvant- present participle of adiuvāre to help ; see aid .
- A thing which aids or assists; an auxiliary.
- One who helps or facilitates; an assistant.
- (medicine) An additive (as in a drug) that aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient.
- (medicine) Something (as in a method) that enhances the effectiveness of a medical treatment.
- (immunology) A substance enhancing the immune response to an antigen.
- Helping; helpful; assisting.