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immunotherapy

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noun im·mu·no·ther·a·py \-ˈther-ə-pē\

Definition of immunotherapy

  1. :  the treatment or prevention of disease by taking measures to increase immune system functioning (as by the administration of antibodies or hyposensitization)

immunotherapeutic

play \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of immunotherapy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1911


Medical Dictionary

immunotherapy

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noun im·mu·no·ther·a·py \-ˈther-ə-pē\

Medical Definition of immunotherapy

plural

immunotherapies

  1. :  treatment or prevention of disease (such as a cancer, autoimmune disorder, or allergy) that involves the stimulation, enhancement, suppression, or desensitization of the immune system <Demonstrating promise is immunotherapy, in which special medications are used to beef up the body's own cancer-fighting cells.—Harvard Health Letter, August 1997> <If environmental control and pharmacotherapy fail to control symptoms, then allergen immunotherapy—also called hyposensitization or desensitization—may be considered.—Discover, March 1998>—called also immune therapy; see adoptive immunotherapy

immunotherapeutic

\-ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-ik\play adjective <immunotherapeutic activity> <immunotherapeutic methods>



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