from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
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- n. The active medical suppression of the immune response.
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- n. lowering the body's normal immune response to invasion by foreign substances; can be deliberate (as in lowering the immune response to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ) or incidental (as a side effect of radiotherapy or chemotherapy for cancer)
But the biggest issues are going to be the long-term immunosuppression to keep the face from being rejected.
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.
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.
The early gestational fetus is immunologically immature and can be "tolerized" to cells, organs, or proteins that are immunologically foreign, avoiding the potential for rejection and the need for immunosuppression.
Most pesticides can damage your nervous system and are associated with numerous health problems such as neurotoxicity, endocrine dysfunction, immunosuppression, impaired reproductive function, miscarriage, and even Parkinson's disease.
Thirty new diseases have developed simultaneously worldwide resulting from what Dr. Gregory Bossart, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Georgia Aquarium, describes as profound immunosuppression leading to environmental distress syndrome resulting from chemical intoxication.
A successful transplant requires immunosuppression, which brings its own problems.
To me, immunosuppression takes away all my defenses against the world.
Joe is weathering the complicated business of living with immunosuppression with his usual combination of partial knowledge, fanciful explanation, and constitutional cheerfulness.
However, immunosuppression resulting from increased UV radiation exposure will possibly exacerbate the effects of parasitism, disease, and contaminant loading on individual fish.
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