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)

Examples of immunocompromised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This—when the people around an immunocompromised person make sure to get their flu shots—is known as herd immunity, which gives them indirect protection against viruses. Maggie O'neill,, "Why Missing My Flu Shot Could Put My Best Friend's Life in Danger," 14 Oct. 2019 Luckily, their venom is not among the most potent, and bites are rarely deadly; children, the elderly, and immunocompromised people are most at risk. National Geographic, "Copperheads," 22 July 2019 There would be a cost to their destruction—without these cells, patients can’t generate proper antibody responses, and so become immunocompromised—but patients could be kept alive with transfusions of antibodies. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'immunocompromised.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of immunocompromised

1974, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about immunocompromised

Statistics for immunocompromised

Last Updated

17 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for immunocompromised

The first known use of immunocompromised was in 1974

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for immunocompromised


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

Comments on immunocompromised

What made you want to look up immunocompromised? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!