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 Extreme caution must be exercised, however, in recipients of renal transplants because of immunosuppression and the susceptibility to infection.— Rosalyn Kutcher et al.

Examples of immunosuppression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cooper believes that not keeping immunosuppression levels high enough over time, perhaps because of medical professionals’ lack of experience with this novel experiment, may have contributed to organ rejection in Bennett’s case. Simar Bajaj, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022 Ramsay Hunt is caused by times of high stress or immunosuppression, as well as by immunosuppressant drugs or other underlying conditions. Glenn Garner,, 10 June 2022 Since the diagnosis, Gonzalo has kept up with immunosuppression treatments that have slowly raised his blood cell counts. Ethan Fuller,, 3 June 2022 Herridge’s toughest decision was allowing Peter to return to public school in Washington, D.C., last September at a time when his immunosuppression level was at its highest since the transplant. Hadley Chittum, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The researchers say this state of immunosuppression could make cardiac tissue more vulnerable. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 Out of the kids who are hospitalized, 82 percent have some underlying issue: diabetes, immunosuppression, neurological condition, congenital heart disease. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 Those risk factors were being older than 65, diabetes, immunosuppression, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurologic disease, chronic cardiac disease and chronic pulmonary disease. Daniel Dale, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 The final aspect of NSP12-mediated immunosuppression that Wang examined was whether the RdRp domain, which contains the protein’s enzymatic RNA synthesis function, was also the mechanism that inhibited IRF3 nuclear translocation. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immunosuppression

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immunosuppression

immuno- + suppression

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“Immunosuppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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

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