cyclosporine

[sahy-kluh-spawr-een, -in, -spohr-, sik-luh-]
noun Pharmacology.
a substance, synthesized by certain soil fungi, that suppresses the immune response by disabling helper T cells, used to minimize rejection of foreign tissue transplants.
Also, cyclosporin [sahy-kluh-spawr-in, -spohr-, sik-luh-] .


Origin:
1975–80; < Neo-Latin Cyclospor(eae) a class of brown algae (see cyclo-, -spore, -eae) + -in2

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cyclosporine cy·clo·spor·ine (sī'klə-spôr'ēn, -ĭn) or cy·clo·spor·in A (-ĭn)
n.
A cyclic oligopeptide immunosuppressant produced by fungus and used to inhibit organ transplant rejection.

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cyclosporine (sī'klə-spôr'ēn, -ĭn) also cyclosporin   (sī'klə-spôr'ēn, -ĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
A polypeptide obtained from any of various deuteromycete fungi, used as an immunosuppressive drug to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.
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Example sentences
Another potential problem is an inflammatory reaction that can be treated with
  eyedrops containing cyclosporine.
These medicines include corticosteroids, cyclosporine, and methotrexate.
Other medicines that have been used include cyclosporine and chlorambucil.
Some patients will receive high doses of corticosteroids or a drug called
  cyclosporine to suppress their immune system.
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