im·​mu·​no·​sup·​pres·​sion | \ˌi-myə-nō-sə-ˈpre-shən, i-ˌmyü-nō-\

Definition of immunosuppression 

: suppression (as by drugs or disease) of the immune response

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Other Words from immunosuppression

immunosuppress \ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpres, i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ transitive verb
immunosuppressant \ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​sᵊnt, i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ noun or adjective
immunosuppressive \ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​siv, i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ adjective

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Also, children with morbid obesity, on long-term aspirin therapy, immunosuppression, residing in a chronic care facility, or with chronic medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease, asthma, diabetes. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 And then there’s the fact that a reused kidney would have already been exposed to immunosuppression drugs, which could have damaged it. Matthew Berger, Fox News, "Doctors are now 're-gifting' kidneys to save lives," 28 Apr. 2018 There's evidence from rodents that this effect can include suppressing the immune system, so the team behind the work developed a protocol in rodents that could specifically drive immunosuppression through the placebo effect. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Training plus a placebo may make a drug more effective," 3 Apr. 2018 But in middle age, there’s a slight uptick in the number of women—in particular, pregnant women in the midst of a nine-month immunosuppression stint—that go to the emergency room for influenza side effects. Eleanor Cummins, Slate Magazine, "One Hasty Study Doesn’t Mean That “Man Flu” Is Real," 12 Dec. 2017 This finding may also have implications in immune diseases as well as treatments either resulting in or employing immunosuppression. Jasenka Zubcevic And Christopher Martyniuk, Washington Post, "Tiny gut organisms may influence food cravings and what our bodies do with fat," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of immunosuppression

1963, in the meaning defined above

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im·​mu·​no·​sup·​pres·​sion | \-sə-ˈpresh-ən \

Medical Definition of immunosuppression 

: suppression (as by drugs or disease) of the immune response Recurrent infection may develop in some patients despite minimization of their immunosuppression.— Jay A. Fishman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 20 Dec. 2007

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