the prevention or treatment of disease by the administration of drugs; specif., the treatment of cancer by means of a regimen of cytotoxins or other anti-cancer drugs
Origin of chemotherapyGerman chemotherapie, coined (c. 1907) by Paul Ehrlich: see chemo- and therapy
- The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
- The treatment of disease using chemical agents or drugs that are selectively toxic to the causative agent of the disease, such as a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.
(countable and uncountable, plural chemotherapies)
chemo- + therapy