from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pharmacological agent added to a drug to increase or aid its effect.
- n. An immunological agent that increases the antigenic response.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing which aids or assists; an auxiliary.
- n. One who helps or facilitates; an assistant.
- n. An additive (as in a drug) that aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient.
- n. Something (as in a method) that enhances the effectiveness of a medical treatment.
- n. A substance enhancing the immune response to an antigen.
- adj. The noun used as a modifier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance added to an immunogenic agent to enhance the production of antibodies.
- n. A substance added to a formulation of a drug which enhances the effect of the active ingredient.
- adj. Helping; helpful; assisting.
- n. An assistant.
- n. An ingredient, in a prescription, which aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to help or assist; auxiliary; contributory: as, an adjuvant medicine.
- n. A person or thing aiding or helping; whatever aids or assists.
- n. Specifically In medicine, whatever aids in removing or preventing disease; especially, a substance added to a prescription to aid the operation of the principal ingredient.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment
- adj. furnishing added support
- adj. enhancing the action of a medical treatment
From Latin adiuvāns, adiuvant-, present participle of adiuvāre, to help; see aid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adiuvāns, present participle of adiuvāre ("to help"), from ad ("to") + iuvāre ("to help"). First English use recorded in 17th century. (Wiktionary)