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[im-yuh-noh-ther-uh-pee, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊˈθɛr ə pi, ɪˌmyu-/
noun, plural immunotherapies.
treatment designed to produce immunity to a disease or enhance the resistance of the immune system to an active disease process, as cancer.
Origin of immunotherapy
1905-10; immuno- + therapy
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[im-yuh-noh-ther-uh-pyoo-tik, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk, ɪˌmyu-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for immunotherapy
  • The pharmaceutical industry uses this pollen to manufacture immunotherapy shots to treat people with allergies.
  • The second pair of animals received milder immunotherapy and survived for a year.
  • Such immunotherapy looked promising in the past, but ultimately failed the challenge.
  • immunotherapy uses drugs to boost the patient's own immune system.
  • Bladder cancers are often treated with immunotherapy.
  • immunotherapy poses some risk for severe allergic reactions, however, especially for children with poorly controlled asthma.
  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy are used to treat prostate cancers that no longer respond to hormone treatment.
  • Allergen immunotherapy: a practice parameter second update.
  • immunotherapy seeks to activate the body's own immune system to target and destroy cancerous cells.
British Dictionary definitions for immunotherapy


(med) the treatment of disease by stimulating the body's production of antibodies
Derived Forms
immunotherapeutic (ˌɪmjʊnəʊˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk) adjective
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immunotherapy in Medicine

immunotherapy im·mu·no·ther·a·py (ĭm'yə-nō-thěr'ə-pē, ĭ-myōō'-)
Treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response.

im'mu·no·ther'a·peu'tic (-pyōō'tĭk) adj.
im'mu·no·ther'a·pist n.
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