AskDefine | Define adjuvant

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adjuvant adj
1 relating to something that is added but is not essential; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each other" [syn: accessory, adjunct, ancillary, appurtenant, auxiliary, subsidiary]
2 enhancing the action of a medical treatment; "the adjuvant action of certain bacteria" n : an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment

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AHD: /ăj'ə-vənt/ IPA: /'æd3əvənt/ X-SAMPA: /

Extensive Definition

Adjuvants are pharmacological or immunological agents that modify the effect of other agents (e.g., drugs, vaccines) while having few if any direct effects when given by themselves. In this sense, they are roughly analogous to chemical catalysts. Types of adjuvants include:
adjuvant in German: Adjuvans
adjuvant in French: Adjuvant
adjuvant in Dutch: Adjuvans

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