im·​mu·​no·​mod·​u·​la·​tor ˌi-myə-nō-ˈmä-jə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce immunomodulator (audio)
: a substance that affects the functioning of the immune system
immunomodulatory adjective

Examples of immunomodulator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another variety of medications, called immunomodulators, can help your immune system work more effectively too, depending on your specific condition. Krissy Brady, SELF, 5 Mar. 2024 Patients who need increasing amounts of oxygen or have signs of body-wide inflammation may need to be given anti-inflammatory medications such as steroids and immunomodulators, Ostrosky said. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 5 Dec. 2023 Landers recently started on two drugs, known as immunomodulators, that strive to stimulate his body’s immune system to fight the cancer. Kay Lazar,, 11 Mar. 2023 It’s used as what’s called an immunomodulator. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2020 Supplies of the immunomodulator drug tocilizumab, which is given to patients to treat the immune-system storm that can devastate the lungs and other organs, are in short supply. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 Convalescent plasma and immunomodulators like tocilizumab have been given to patients with COVID-19 in clinical trials, but remdesivir is the only treatment that has been shown to have even a potential effect on the disease. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 27 May 2020 Revlimid, scientific name lenalidomide, is an antitumor immunomodulator used to treat blood cancer. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, 11 July 2018 Four other checkpoint inhibitors have since been approved, and untold dollars and energy have flooded immuno-oncology (IO) subfields, including cancer vaccines, immunomodulators and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies. Scientific American, 3 May 2018

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Word History


immuno- + modulator

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immunomodulator was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Immunomodulator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


im·​mu·​no·​mod·​u·​la·​tor -ˈmäj-ə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce immunomodulator (audio)
: a chemical agent (as methotrexate or azathioprine) that modifies the immune response or the functioning of the immune system (as by the stimulation of antibody formation or the inhibition of white blood cell activity)
immunomodulatory adjective
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