immunosuppress

verb

im·​mu·​no·​sup·​press ˌi-myə-nō-sə-ˈpres How to pronounce immunosuppress (audio)
i-ˌmyü-nō-
immunosuppressed; immunosuppressing; immunosuppresses

transitive verb

: to suppress the immune response of
Emotion comes into play here, as anxiety can depress the production of phagocytes and immunosuppress the system.Mark Ridley
immunosuppressed adjective
a chronically immunosuppressed patient

Word History

Etymology

immuno- + suppress, after immunosuppression

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immunosuppress was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Immunosuppress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immunosuppress. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

immunosuppress

transitive verb
im·​mu·​no·​sup·​press -sə-ˈpres How to pronounce immunosuppress (audio)
: to suppress the immune responses of
Emotion comes into play here, as anxiety can depress the production of phagocytes and immunosuppress the system.Mark Ridley, Natural History
immunosuppressed adjective
immunosuppressed patients
an immunosuppressed state
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