immunosuppression


im·mu·no·sup·pres·sion

noun \-sə-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of IMMUNOSUPPRESSION

:  suppression (as by drugs) of natural immune responses
im·mu·no·sup·press \-sə-ˈpres\ transitive verb
im·mu·no·sup·pres·sant \-ˈpre-sənt\ noun or adjective
im·mu·no·sup·pres·sive \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective

First Known Use of IMMUNOSUPPRESSION

1963

im·mu·no·sup·pres·sion

noun \-sə-ˈpresh-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMMUNOSUPPRESSION

: suppression (as by drugs) of natural immune responses

immunosuppression

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Suppression of immunity with drugs, usually to prevent rejection of an organ transplant. Its aim is to allow the recipient to accept the organ permanently with no unpleasant side effects. In some cases the dosage can be reduced or even stopped without causing rejection. Other uses are in the treatment of certain autoimmune diseases and for prevention of erythroblastosis fetalis. Its main drawback is the increased risk of infection for the duration of treatment and of lymphoma in the case of long-term immunosuppression.

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