Definition of immunosuppression in English:

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immunosuppression

Pronunciation: /ˌimyənōsəˈpreSHən/
/iˌmyo͞onōsəˈpreSHən/

noun

Medicine
The partial or complete suppression of the immune response of an individual. It is induced to help the survival of an organ after a transplant operation.
Example sentences
  • The use of antilymphocyte antibody therapy for immunosuppression also enhances the likelihood and severity of infection in susceptible recipients.
  • Overall, hydrocortisone did not induce immunosuppression.
  • It eliminates the need for a donor organ and immunosuppression.

Derivatives

immunosuppressant

Pronunciation: /ˌimyənōsəˈpres(ə)nt/
/iˌmyo͞onōsəˈpres(ə)nt/
noun
Example sentences
  • Where would health care be without antibiotics, antihypertensives, immunosuppressants, antidepressants, anaesthetic drugs, lipid lowering drugs, and hundreds of others?
  • After lung transplant, the risk factors for osteoporosis are large doses of immunosuppressants, glucocorticoids, and prolonged bedrest.
  • The ICU nurse administers immunosuppressant medications and antibiotics as ordered by the physician.

immunosuppressed

Pronunciation: /-səˈprest/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Patients who are immunosuppressed and have chronic infection and severe anemia may be communicable for months to years.
  • In those who are severely immunosuppressed the treatment and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections remains important.
  • Their incidence appears to be increasing across a wide age range, both among immunocompetent and immunosuppressed populations, with the incidence in the latter group being several thousand-fold higher.

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Syllabification: im·mu·no·sup·pres·sion

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