Definition of immunosuppressive in English:



  • (chiefly of drugs) partially or completely suppressing the immune response of an individual.

    • ‘Medical treatment includes the administration of immunosuppressive therapy and the discontinuation of any previous corticosteroid treatment.’
    • ‘This is the main immunosuppressive agent used in cardiac transplantation.’
    • ‘The patient had been taking several immunosuppressive medications since receiving the transplant.’
    • ‘There was a similar lack of benefit noted in the three patients in this series who were taking immunosuppressive medications.’
    • ‘Such transfers of fully formed organs might require immunosuppressive drugs to make them compatible.’


  • An immunosuppressive drug.

    • ‘The problem is that after getting her healed about a month ago, when we started to taper her immunosuppressives, she flared again.’
    • ‘Mitoxentrone, a potent immunosuppressive, has been used with success but is not FDA-approved for this indication.’
    • ‘At trial a major dispute between the parties will concern the allegation that it was obvious to try it as an immunosuppressive in transplant treatment.’
    • ‘All patients continued their prior adjunctive therapy of corticosteroids and immunosuppressives.’
    • ‘The purpose of this study was to examine the hypothesis that treatment with immunosuppressives will reduce the level of circulating antisperm antibodies and the presence of antisperm antibodies in the ejaculate.’
    • ‘In addition, fungi grow in the human body as a secondary effect of medications such as antibiotics and immunosuppressives.’