Definition of "immunosuppression" [immunosuppression]

  • Suppression of the immune response, as by drugs or radiation, in order to prevent the rejection of grafts or transplants or to control autoimmune diseases. Also called immunodepression. (noun)

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Use "immunosuppression" in a sentence
  • "But the biggest issues are going to be the long-term immunosuppression to keep the face from being rejected."
  • "However, while the results of organ transplantation are commonly life-saving, resulting in a return to a normal or near-normal life-style and development, this typically entails long-term maintenance immunosuppression."
  • "Recognizing that any maintenance drug therapy, especially involving powerful agents like those used for immunosuppression, carries certain risks, our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of induction and persistence of transplant tolerance, such that ultimately transplant recipients will require little or no ongoing drug therapy."