Definition of cyclosporine in English:


Syllabification: cy·clo·spo·rine
Pronunciation: /ˌsīkləˈspôrin, -ˌēn
(also cyclosporin A, cyclosporin)


  • A drug with immunosuppressive properties used to prevent the rejection of grafts and transplants. A cyclic peptide, it is obtained from a fungus.
    • This drug is obtained from the fungus Trichoderma polysporum
    More example sentences
    • Immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids and cyclosporin are successful in preventing rejection.
    • Other systemic immunosuppressive drugs, such as cyclosporine, azathioprine and methotrexate, may be added to steroid therapy.
    • The lung disease progressed over the last year despite treatment with steroids, cyclosporine, cloxacillin, and gamma globulin.


1970s: from cyclo- + -sporin (from Latin spora 'spore') + -in1.

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