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immunotherapy

Pronunciation: im'yu-no-thar'a-pe

Definition: Originally, therapeutic administration of serum or immune globulin containing preformed antibodies produced by another individual. Currently, immunotherapy includes nonspecific systemic stimulation, adjuvant, active specific immunotherapy, and adoptive immunotherapy. New forms of immunotherapy include the use of monoclonal antibodies.

Synonym(s): biologic immunotherapy

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