im·​mu·​no·​sup·​pres·​sion | \ ˌi-myə-nō-sə-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce immunosuppression (audio) , 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 How to pronounce immunosuppression (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ transitive verb
immunosuppressant \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​sᵊnt How to pronounce immunosuppression (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ noun or adjective
immunosuppressive \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​siv How to pronounce immunosuppression (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ adjective

Examples of immunosuppression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The recipients who were most likely to develop an immune response were younger than age 60, did not take anti-metabolites for immunosuppression and received the Moderna vaccine. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Animals likely source of COVID-19; pregnant women have robust immune response to vaccines: Coronavirus update for March 29, 2021," 29 Mar. 2021 His son had a heart transplant and is on immunosuppression drugs. Laura Pappano, New York Times, "Lessons From Tornadoes Help a Community Combat Covid," 14 Oct. 2020 With aging, malnutrition, immunosuppression, and long-term diseases, the immune system loses the ability to adapt to novelty. USA Today, "Should I send my child back to school? This is the latest science on coronavirus and kids," 29 July 2020 These aren’t the only drugs that cause immunosuppression, however. Popular Science, "President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine—but that doesn’t mean you should," 18 May 2020 Other comorbidities included immunosuppression, usually connected to cancer treatment, obesity or diabetes. Perri Klass, New York Times, "Rethinking Covid-19 in Children," 12 May 2020 Eighty of the cases (23 percent with data) had at least one underlying health condition, with chronic lung conditions (including asthma) being the most common, followed by cardiovascular disease and immunosuppression. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "CDC releases first US data on COVID-19 cases in children," 7 Apr. 2020 That includes people over 60 and anyone with an underlying medical condition like asthma, chronic kidney or liver disease, immunosuppression due to things like chemotherapy or conditions like HIV, and more. Valerie Tejeda, SELF, "How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 Ongoing projects include a clinical trial to infuse regulatory dendritic cells in liver transplant patients prior to surgery, with the hope of putting an end to toxic immunosuppression regimens. Scientific American, "An Unconventional Path To Improving Healthcare," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of immunosuppression

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Immunosuppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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im·​mu·​no·​sup·​pres·​sion | \ -sə-ˈpresh-ən How to pronounce immunosuppression (audio) \

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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