im·​mu·​no·​com·​pro·​mised | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd How to pronounce immunocompromised (audio) , i-ˌmyü-nō- \
variants: or less commonly immuno-compromised or immune-compromised \ i-​ˈmyün-​ˈkäm-​prə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce immunocompromised (audio) \

Definition of immunocompromised

: having the immune system impaired or weakened (as by drugs or illness) And fear of vaccines doesn't just potentially harm the children whose parents forgo vaccination but also other kids, as well as immunocompromised adults, by threatening the herd immunity that we rely on to protect the larger population.— James Poniewozik Raw shellfish eaters are vulnerable to hepatitis and mild-to-severe gastroenteritis. At greater risk, however, are those who are immunocompromised, pregnant or suffer from liver disease, chronic alcohol abuse, cancer, diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease.Eating Well Only recently, the parasite has also been shown to cause illness in human beings, but at first it was believed to affect only immune-compromised patients.— Melva Weber

Examples of immunocompromised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young children, of course, can’t get vaccinated, nor can some immunocompromised people. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 20 Dec. 2021 That huge population of immunocompromised people is incredibly vulnerable to the chronic infection scenario described above. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 30 Nov. 2021 For patients who aren’t elderly, immunocompromised or pregnant, though, there is still more research to be done on the specific mechanics of boosters. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 The DeWine administration is following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control that, for the next month or so, only immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 shot as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus spreads. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 French guidelines recommend a third COVID-19 dose for the immunocompromised, including organ recipients. Carla K. Johnson, ajc, 15 July 2021 Hoge noted on the investor call that U.S. regulators have already authorized a third 100-microgram dose of Moderna's vaccine for immunocompromised people as part of their primary series of shots. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021 And if that’s the case, with millions of immunocompromised people in the U.S. alone, many of whom feel overlooked in the vaccine era, will more weird variants keep arising? Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 Dec. 2021 In both cases, the immunocompromised person is a victim locked away for safety, out of harm’s way—and out of the public eye. Eirik Gumeny, Wired, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of immunocompromised

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immunocompromised

immuno- + compromised

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“Immunocompromised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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im·​mu·​no·​com·​pro·​mised | \ -ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd How to pronounce immunocompromised (audio) \
variants: also immuno-compromised or immune-compromised

Medical Definition of immunocompromised

: having the immune system impaired or weakened (as by drugs or illness) immunocompromised patients


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