[ im-yuh-noh-suh-pres-iv, ih-myoo- ]
/ ˌɪm yə noʊ səˈprɛs ɪv, ɪˌmyu- /


capable of causing immunosuppression: immunosuppressive drugs.


Pharmacology. Also im·mu·no·sup·pres·sor [im-yuh-noh-suh-pres-er, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊ səˈprɛs ər, ɪˌmyu-/. any substance that results in or effects immunosuppression.


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Origin of immunosuppressive

First recorded in 1960–65; immuno- + suppressive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for immunosuppressive

/ (ˌɪmjʊnəʊsəˈprɛsɪv) /


any drug used for immunosuppression


of or relating to such a drug

Derived forms of immunosuppressive

immunosuppressant, noun, adjective
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