Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Selective destruction of tissue by use of chemicals, as for removing malignant skin lesions.

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  • n. the selective destruction of diseased or malignant tissue by means of chemical substances; used especially in the treatment of the skin

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. use of chemical to destroy diseased or malignant tissue; used in treatment of skin cancer

Etymologies

chemo- +‎ surgery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Five years ago, Abramson's team pioneered the ultra-selective approach, which he dubbed "chemosurgery."

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  • Shields and her equally eminent husband, Jerry A. Shields - also an eye-cancer specialist at Wills and Jefferson - have urged that chemosurgery be studied "slowly and meticulously."

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  • Better to proceed with chemosurgery and hope the blood went away naturally over three to five months.

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  • The Millemans, who had come from Kechi, Kan., wanted to try one round of chemosurgery before giving up on Logan's eye.

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  • He had been miserable after chemosurgery - his eyelids swelled, and he wailed in pain despite Tylenol - but by the third day he was his sunny self, laughing as Emily bounced him to "I'm a Little Teapot."

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  • Mohs surgery: This treatment option for squamous cell carcinoma is also referred to as chemosurgery.

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