3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adjuvant \Ad"ju*vant\, adjective [L. adjuvans, p. pr. of adjuvare to aid: cf. F. adjuvant. See {Aid}.] Helping; helpful; assisting. [R.] "Adjuvant causes." --Howell.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adjuvant \Ad"ju*vant\ ([a^]d"j[-u]*vant), noun [L. adjuvamentum, fr. adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help.]

1. An assistant. [R.] --Yelverton. AS

2. (Med.) An ingredient in a prescription drug, which aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient. AS

3. (Med., Immunology) A substance that non-specifically enhances immune response to an antigen, such as by enhancing the production of antibodies. --AS [AS]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: furnishing added support; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other" [syn: {accessory}, {adjunct}, {ancillary}, {adjuvant}, {appurtenant}, {auxiliary}]

2: enhancing the action of a medical treatment; "the adjuvant action of certain bacteria"


1: an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment

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