Origin of immunotherapy
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1911
Medical Definition of immunotherapy
: 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
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