immune-response

immune response

noun
any of the body's immunologic reactions to an antigen.

Origin:
1950–55

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immune response
 
n
the reaction of an organism's body to foreign materials (antigens), including the production of antibodies

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immune response n.
An integrated bodily response to an antigen, especially one mediated by lymphocytes and involving recognition of antigens by specific antibodies or previously sensitized lymphocytes.

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immune response  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ĭ-myn')  Pronunciation Key 
A protective response of the body's immune system to an antigen, especially a microorganism or virus that causes disease. The immune response involves the action of lymphocytes that deactivate antigens either by stimulating the production of antibodies (humoral immune response) or by a direct attack on foreign cells (cell-mediated immune response.) An inability to produce a normal immune response results in immunodeficiency diseases such as AIDS. See also cell-mediated immune response, humoral immune response.

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