im·​mu·​no·​com·​pro·​mised | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd How to pronounce immunocompromised (audio) , i-ˌmyü-nō-\

Definition of immunocompromised

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

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Ravenscroft said while crypto cases typically do not end in death, individuals who are immunocompromised or going through chemotherapy are at a greater risk. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A poop-borne parasite that spreads through pool water is in Marion County," 1 June 2017 For the health care industry, that often includes young, elderly and immunocompromised patients. Jackie Borchardt,, "Not vaccinated? A new Ohio bill could prevent you from being fired for refusing immunizations," 14 June 2019 When in the presence of an immunocompromised patient; when toxic drugs or chemicals are being used; or when their own clothes become damaged or stained — as can happen when transporting a bleeding accident victim, for example. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 Insurers will surely cover an off-label 500k drug with a black box warning for infections in a immunocompromised patient population when an approved drug for the indication exists, right? Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Omeros is bullish on its plan for speedy approval of a rare disease drug. Its plan has flaws," 31 May 2018 This is also something to bear in mind if there are immunocompromised people in your home, like someone who’s on chemotherapy or is elderly. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Wearing Shoes Indoors: How Many Germs Are We Talking, Exactly?," 10 Apr. 2018 There is an existing shingles vaccine, made by Merck—basically a super-large dose of its live chicken-pox vaccine—but it is not recommended for immunocompromised patients. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why Do We Need Separate Chicken-Pox and Shingles Vaccines?," 25 Oct. 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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im·​mu·​no·​com·​pro·​mised | \ -ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd How to pronounce immunocompromised (audio) \

Medical Definition of immunocompromised

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

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