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immunotherapy

[im-yuh-noh-ther-uh-pee, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊˈθɛr ə pi, ɪˌmyu-/
noun, plural immunotherapies.
1.
treatment designed to produce immunity to a disease or enhance the resistance of the immune system to an active disease process, as cancer.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; immuno- + therapy
Related forms
immunotherapeutic
[im-yuh-noh-ther-uh-pyoo-tik, ih-myoo-] /ˌɪm yə noʊˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk, ɪˌmyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples 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

immunotherapy

/ˌɪmjʊnəʊˈθɛrəpɪ/
noun
1.
(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'-)
n.
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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