passive immunity

passive immunity

noun Immunology.
immunity resulting from the injection of antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes from another organism or, in infants, from the transfer of antibodies through the placenta or from colostrum.

Origin:
1890–95

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passive immunity n.
Immunity acquired by the transfer of antibodies from another individual, as through injection or placental transfer to a fetus.

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passive immunity   (pās'ĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
See under acquired immunity.
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