Meaning of cyclosporin in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈspɔːrɪn/


(also cyclosporin A)
mass nounMedicine
  • A drug with immunosuppressive properties used to prevent the rejection of grafts and transplants. A cyclic peptide, it is obtained from a fungus.

    This drug is obtained from the fungus Trichoderma polysporum

    ‘Immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids and cyclosporin are successful in preventing rejection.’
    • ‘Other systemic immunosuppressive drugs, such as cyclosporine, azathioprine and methotrexate, may be added to steroid therapy.’
    • ‘The lung disease progressed over the last year despite treatment with steroids, cyclosporine, cloxacillin, and gamma globulin.’
    • ‘He received an immunosuppressive maintenance regimen of cyclosporine, azathioprine, and cortancyl.’
    • ‘Certain antibiotics like ceftrianxone and anti-transplant rejection drugs like cyclosporin increase your chances of forming gallstones.’


1970s from cyclo- + -sporin (from Latin spora ‘spore’) + -in.