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Acquired Immunity

Definition of the noun acquired immunity

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  1. immunity to a particular disease that is not innate but has been acquired during life; immunity can be acquired by the development of antibodies after an attack of an infectious disease or by a pregnant mother passing antibodies through the placenta to a fetus or by vaccination
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: immunity / resistance = the condition in which an organism can resist disease
    • more specific terms:
      • active immunity = a form of acquired immunity in which the body produces its own antibodies against disease-causing antigens
      • passive immunity = an impermanent form of acquired immunity in which antibodies against a disease are acquired naturally (as through the placenta to an unborn child) or artificially

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Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

Only human beings and other animals with backbones have acquired immunity. With this kind of...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

acquired immunity, any form of immunity that is not innate and is obtained during life. It may be naturally or artificially acquired and actively or passively induced. Naturally acquired immunity is obtained by ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Health (2003)

by David Worthington

Acquired immunity is that which derives from the body surviving an attack by a certain pathogenic organism. Immunity derived in this way may last for varying times; sometimes the immunity is acquired for life. Artificial immunity can also be sub- ...

Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2015)

Actively acquired immunity results from an attack of some disease from which the animal has recovered. It is probable that most diseases confer a certain amount of immunity, but this varies greatly. It may be lifelong, or virtually so, as in POX, ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2013)

by Mosby

acquired immunity, any form of immunity that is not innate and is obtained during life.

Naturally acquired immunity is obtained by the development of antibodies resulting from an attack of infectious disease or by the transmission of antibodies ...

Google previewDICTIONARY OF MEDICAL TERMS,6th ed. (2012)


Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (1998)

by Robert Alan Lewis

specifically acquired immunity. that ...

Google previewThe Water Dictionary (2010)

A Comprehensive Reference of Water Terminology by Nancy E. McTigue, James M. Symons

immunity, acquired See acquired immunity. immunity, active humoral See active humoral immunity. immunity, passive humoral See passive humoral immunity. immunization A ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Biology (2009)

by Robert Hine, Daintith

– specifically acquired immunity.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Autoimmune Diseases (2003)

by Dana K. Cassell, Noel R. Rose

acquired immunity See IMMUNITY. acquired immunodeficiency syndrome See AIDS. active immunity Immunity produced by the body in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica (1902)

by Chalmers Watson

Eelapses, however, are very frequent in typhoid fever, which to some extent argues against acquired immunity. Many persons probably who get typhoid while children cannot remember this when adults, and as a matter of fact persons are ...

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