im·​mu·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce immunotherapy (audio) , i-ˌmyü-nō- \

Definition of immunotherapy

: treatment or prevention of disease (such as an autoimmune disorder, allergy, or cancer) that involves the stimulation, enhancement, suppression, or desensitization of the immune system — see adoptive immunotherapy

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immunotherapeutic \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​tik How to pronounce immunotherapeutic (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Since immunotherapy came into wide use about six years ago, cancer research has boomed and new treatments have emerged. Maria Streshinsky, Wired, "The Country Is Reopening. I’m Still on Lockdown," 12 June 2020 Gilead has made small deals centered on immunotherapy, a particularly hot corner in oncology, while bringing to market remdesivir, the first drug specifically approved to fight the coronavirus. Riley Griffin,, "Pharma Dealmakers, Sidelined in Pandemic, Are Ready for Comeback," 11 June 2020 However, Shoham thinks people are more receptive to the idea of immunotherapy and hopes the acceptance will continue past the current pandemic. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "What is plasma therapy and how does it work to treat the coronavirus? Everything you need to know.," 8 June 2020 For instance, cancer immunotherapy drugs may activate defense mechanisms to home in on malignant cells. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "5 companies to keep an eye on following the world’s largest cancer conference," 3 June 2020 Recent research has revealed an intriguing relationship between microbes and cancer, including how bacteria in the gut can affect the way immunotherapies like checkpoint inhibitors or even standard chemotherapy work to shrink tumors. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Bacteria are widespread in tumors, forming distinct populations depending on the cancer type," 28 May 2020 Founded in 2010, the company has raised $42 million from investors for its immunotherapy approaches, Wain-Hobson said. Dallas News, "UT Southwestern hauls in $12 million from CPRIT to recruit three new cancer researchers," 21 May 2020 My mother in Britain, who has received immunotherapy for lung cancer for the past two years, was on this list. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "It Will Be Needlessly Hard to Get a Coronavirus Vaccination in the U.S.," 13 May 2020 In January, Adjuvant led a funding round for Codagenix Inc., a biotechnology firm that is working to come up with a vaccine for coronavirus as well as for the flu and immunotherapy for treating cancer. Sabrina Willmer,, "Venture Capitalists Shun Unprofitable Yet World-Saving Vaccines," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of immunotherapy

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of immunotherapy was in 1910

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“Immunotherapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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im·​mu·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce immunotherapy (audio) \
plural immunotherapies

Medical Definition of immunotherapy

: treatment or prevention of disease (such as a cancer, autoimmune disorder, or allergy) that involves the stimulation, enhancement, suppression, or desensitization of the immune system Demonstrating promise is immunotherapy, in which special medications are used to beef up the body's own cancer-fighting cells.Harvard Health Letter, August 1997 If environmental control and pharmacotherapy fail to control symptoms, then allergen immunotherapy—also called hyposensitization or desensitization—may be considered.Discover, March 1998

called also immune therapy

— see adoptive immunotherapy

Other Words from immunotherapy

immunotherapeutic \ -​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyüt-​ik How to pronounce immunotherapeutic (audio) \ adjective
immunotherapeutic activity immunotherapeutic methods

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