Definition of immunosuppressive in US English:



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

    • ‘There was a similar lack of benefit noted in the three patients in this series who were taking immunosuppressive medications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘The problem is that after getting her healed about a month ago, when we started to taper her immunosuppressives, she flared again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mitoxentrone, a potent immunosuppressive, has been used with success but is not FDA-approved for this indication.’
    • ‘In addition, fungi grow in the human body as a secondary effect of medications such as antibiotics and immunosuppressives.’