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 One important clue is that diabetes is very common in India—and diabetes is the major risk factor for becoming ill from the fungal infection, along with other types of immunosuppression. Judy Stone, Forbes, 3 June 2021 People with other forms of immunosuppression should check with their doctor for advice. Katia Hetter, CNN, 19 May 2021 Her research carried the hope of helping to create treatments to decrease the immunosuppression of T cells, especially among older people. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 Diana spent months receiving chemotherapy, immunosuppression, and dialysis treatments, and about five years on a low-sodium, low-potassium diet. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 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, 29 Mar. 2021 His son had a heart transplant and is on immunosuppression drugs. Laura Pappano, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 With aging, malnutrition, immunosuppression, and long-term diseases, the immune system loses the ability to adapt to novelty. USA Today, 29 July 2020 These aren’t the only drugs that cause immunosuppression, however. Popular Science, 18 May 2020

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Immunosuppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 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

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