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[word-lover] 2016-09-02 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2016-09-02 How to Use a Word

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Today's word is adjuvant

Adjuvant is an adjective that means serving to aid or contribute, auxiliary. It can also mean assisting in the prevention, amelioration or cure of disease. Here is the word usage in a sentence from the New York Times by Wrynn Bradley. Kidney cancer has long been resistant to chemotherapy, but researchers are finding more success with targeted drug treatments, called adjuvant therapy, delivered after surgery, which attack the genetic retations? underlined in a tumor's growth.


Things that are adjuvant rarely get top-bidding. They are the support players, not the stars, but that dosen't mean they are not important. An adjuvant medicine for example can have a powerful healing effect, when teamed up with another medicines or cure of treatment.


Adjuvant descends from the Latin verb adjuvarie, meaning to aid, which also gave English the noun 'coadjutor' meaning assistant, and the word aid itself. These days adjuvant tends to turn up most often in medical contexts, but it can also be used in the general sense of serving to aid. Likewise the noun adjuvant can mean a drug or method that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment or simply, one that helps or facilitates.


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