[sahy-kluh-spawr-een, -in, -spohr-, sik-luh-]
- a substance, synthesized by certain soil fungi, that suppresses the immune response by disabling helper T cells, used to minimize rejection of foreign tissue transplants.
Also cy·clo·spo·rin [sahy-kluh-spawr-in, -spohr-, sik-luh-] /ˌsaɪ kləˈspɔr ɪn, -ˈspoʊr-, ˌsɪk lə-/.
Origin of cyclosporine
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- a variant spelling of ciclosporin
- A cyclic oligopeptide immunosuppressant produced by fungus and used to inhibit organ transplant rejection.
- A polypeptide obtained from any of various deuteromycete fungi, used as an immunosuppressive drug to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.
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