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[im-yuh-noh-suh-pres, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊ səˈprɛs, ɪˌmyu-/
verb (used with or without object)
to suppress the normal immune response.
Origin of immunosuppress
1965-70; back formation from immunosuppression or immunosuppressive


[im-yuh-noh-suh-presh-uh n, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊ səˈprɛʃ ən, ɪˌmyu-/
noun, Pathology.
the inhibition of the normal immune response because of disease, the administration of drugs, or surgery.
First recorded in 1960-65; immuno- + suppression
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immunosuppressed, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for immunosuppressed


medical suppression of the body's immune system, esp in order to reduce the likelihood of rejection of a transplanted organ
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immunosuppressed in Medicine

immunosuppression im·mu·no·sup·pres·sion (ĭm'yə-nō-sə-prěsh'ən, ĭ-myōō'-)
Suppression of the immune response, as by drugs or radiation, in order to prevent the rejection of grafts or transplants or control autoimmune diseases. Also called immunodepression.

im'mu·no·sup·pres'sive adj.
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immunosuppressed in Science
  (ĭm'yə-nō-sə-prěsh'ən, ĭ-my'-)   
Suppression of the body's immune response, as by drugs or radiation, in order to prevent the rejection of grafts or transplants or to treat autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus.
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