Definition of immunosuppressive in English:



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

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


  • A drug that suppresses the immune response of an individual.

    • ‘Mitoxentrone, a potent immunosuppressive, has been used with success but is not FDA-approved for this indication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is that after getting her healed about a month ago, when we started to taper her immunosuppressives, she flared again.’
    • ‘All patients continued their prior adjunctive therapy of corticosteroids and immunosuppressives.’
    • ‘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.’