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ADJUVANT

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Any substance given in concert with another to boost its activity. For instance, a CYTOTOXIC drug used to reinforce radiotherapy or surgery in the treatment of cancer is described as adjuvant therapy.

The term is also used to describe an ingredient added to a VACCINE to boost the immune system’s production of antibodies, thus enhancing the vaccine’s effectiveness in promoting immunity.

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