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 immunosuppress (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ transitive verb
immunosuppressant \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​sᵊnt How to pronounce immunosuppressant (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ noun or adjective
immunosuppressive \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​sə-​ˈpre-​siv How to pronounce immunosuppressive (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ adjective

Examples of immunosuppression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 For those living with immunosuppression, new measures to stop a novel strain of the coronavirus are really old measures. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: What coronavirus is teaching the rest of us, they learned long ago," 17 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of immunosuppression

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Immunosuppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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