adoptive immunotherapy

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Definition of adoptive immunotherapy

: the transfer of immune cells with antitumor activity into a patient to mediate tumor regression especially : treatment typically for cancer in which lymphocytes removed from a patient are cultured with interleukin-2 and are returned to the patient's body

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Adoptive immunotherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adoptive%20immunotherapy. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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adoptive immunotherapy

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adop·​tive immunotherapy | \ ə-ˈdäp-tiv- How to pronounce adoptive immunotherapy (audio) \

Medical Definition of adoptive immunotherapy

: the transfer of immune cells with antitumor action into a patient to mediate tumor regression especially : treatment typically for cancer in which lymphocytes removed from a patient are cultured with interleukin-2 (as to generate lymphokine-activated killer cells or induce proliferation of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes) and are returned to the patient's body Known as adoptive immunotherapy, it involves stimulating T cells by exposing them to tumor cells or antigens in the laboratory and then injecting expanded populations of the treated cells into patients. — Lloyd J. Old, Scientific American, September 1996

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