immunotherapy

noun
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

Other Words from immunotherapy

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

Examples of immunotherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roche said Wednesday that its experimental cancer immunotherapy directed against a target called TIGIT suffered its second consecutive setback, failing this time to slow tumor growth in a large study involving the most common type of lung cancer. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 14 May 2022 These agents could be administered in outpatient settings, as are other chemotherapy or immunotherapy agents, improving access and lowering the cost. Sophie Snyder, STAT, 25 Sep. 2021 The company’s immunotherapy - Tiragolumab - could not meet its endpoint in a late-stage clinical trial for a lung cancer subtype. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The difference, however, is that with immunotherapy, medical professionals know exactly what the person is allergic to and control the amount given to them, steadily increasing the amount over time. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 By acquiring Seagen, Merck would bolster its lineup of cancer drugs, led by the blockbuster immunotherapy Keytruda, its top-selling product with $17.2 billion in sales last year. Ed Silverman, STAT, 23 June 2022 Acquiring Seagen would help bolster its lineup of cancer drugs, led by the blockbuster immunotherapy Keytruda, Merck’s top-selling product with $17.2 billion in sales last year. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Patients in the trial took dostarlimab, an immunotherapy medicine that spurs patients’ immune systems to attack their cancers, every three weeks for six months. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 During discussions about treatment, patients learn the lexicon of cancer — surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and the like. T. Salewa Oseni, STAT, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immunotherapy

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immunotherapy

borrowed from German Immunotherapie, from immuno- immuno- + Therapie therapy

Note: The German word was introduced by Paul ehrlich in the lecture "Chemotherapie von Infektionskrankheiten," published in Zeitschrift für ärtzliche Fortbildung, 6. Jahrgang, Nummer 23 (1. Dezember 1909), pp. 721-33.

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“Immunotherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immunotherapy. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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immunotherapy

noun
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 If environmental control and pharmacotherapy fail to control symptoms, then allergen immunotherapy—also called hyposensitization or desensitization—may be considered.Discover

called also immune therapy

— see adoptive immunotherapy

Other Words from immunotherapy

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

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