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 The authors suggest that the current guidelines for COVID-19 isolation precautions may need to be revised for immunocompromised patients. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 27-Dec. 3," 4 Dec. 2020 Their services include a home delivery program focused on seniors and the immunocompromised. Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, Washington Post, "How to help during the coronavirus pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 Emily had already struggled to balance protecting her immunocompromised foster son, who suffers from kidney and heart failure, and obeying court mandates for regular random drug testing of the 15-year-old. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "How Do You Find a Home for a Foster Child at a Time Like This?," 11 Oct. 2020 Lastly, vaccines are not always effective: Some of the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and the immunocompromised, typically do not respond well. David Sullivan, Fortune, "COVID vaccines won’t come fast enough to save struggling businesses. But plasma might," 23 Nov. 2020 Residents should also identify emergency contacts who aren’t immunocompromised and meeting locations where families can maintain adequate physical distance from one another., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Because sickle cell damages the spleen, people with the disease are considered immunocompromised and at high risk for serious complications from Covid-19. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "‘They are really afraid’: Fears about Covid-19 are complicating care for patients with sickle cell," 17 Sep. 2020 So parents in households that include immunocompromised or high-risk individuals especially might try to avoid in-person instruction for their children. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "What to consider when deciding whether to send your kid back to school," 2 Sep. 2020 But Clark County leaders will revisit the decision every 30 days, worrying immunocompromised educators like Leslie Stevenson. Bracey Harris And Neal Morton, USA TODAY, "Between COVID-19 and layoffs, schools may not have enough teachers to get through the year," 4 Sep. 2020

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2020

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“Immunocompromised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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