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innate immunity

innate immunity in Medicine

innate immunity n.
Immunity that occurs naturally as a result of a person's genetic constitution or physiology and does not arise from a previous infection or vaccination. Also called genetic immunity, inherent immunity, native immunity, natural immunity, nonspecific immunity.

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