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immunosuppressive

[ im-yuh-noh-suh-pres-iv, ih-myoo- ]

adjective

  1. capable of causing immunosuppression:

    immunosuppressive drugs.



noun

  1. Pharmacology. Also im·mu·no·sup·pres·sor [] any substance that results in or effects immunosuppression.

immunosuppressive

/ ˌɪmjʊnəʊsəˈprɛsɪv /

noun

  1. any drug used for immunosuppression


adjective

  1. of or relating to such a drug
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Derived Forms

  • ˌimmunosupˈpressant, nounadjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of immunosuppressive1

First recorded in 1960–65; immuno- + suppressive ( def )
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Example Sentences

A major one is the need for immunosuppressive drugs, which dampen the immune system to prevent it from attacking the new organ as an invader.

To avoid this risk in people who get a transplant from another person, patients have to be on immunosuppressive medications for months.

People who get a transplant from another person have to be on immunosuppressive medications for a period of months after the transplant.

It comes along with some up-front risk of mortality and a lot of potential side effects, such as graft-versus-host disease and a higher risk of infection because of immunosuppressive drugs.

Unfiltered fermented grapes make ochratoxin-A, a neurotoxic, carcinogenic, immunosuppressive compound.

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