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noun, plural: immunosuppressants

An agent capable of suppressing the body's immune response.


Of or pertaining to the capability of immunosuppression.


Immunosuppressants are given to patients after organ transplant surgery to prevent organ rejection. They may be applied exogenously or endogenously. Examples of immunosuppressants are corticosteroid hormones in large amounts, cytotoxic drugs, and irradiation.

Word origin: From immuno- + suppressant.

Synonym: immunosuppressive, immunosuppressor.
Compare: immunostimulant.
See also: immunosuppression, immunomodulator.

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Hello! It would be wonderful if somebody could help me! I have to detect the effect of an immunosuppressant agent on the transcription factor NFKB but not with Western or ELISA.....My problem is that I have a very little amount of cells so it's difficult to have nuclear ...

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