Definitions

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

  • n. The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any chemical treatment intended to be therapeutic with respect to a disease state.
  • n. chemical treatment to kill or halt the replication and/or spread of cancerous cells in a patient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness); -- also used especially in reference to the use of chemicals to treat cancer.

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

  • n. the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)

Etymologies

chemo- +‎ therapy (Wiktionary)

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