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Topic: DRUGS, MEDICINES

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: chemo- 'chemical' (from Modern Latin, from Late Greek chemeia 'alchemy', probably from chyma 'liquid', from chein 'to pour') + therapy

chemotherapy

noun
     
chem‧o‧ther‧a‧py [uncountable]
MI the use of drugs to control and try to cure cancer
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