pre munition

premunition

[pree-myoo-nish-uhn]
noun
Immunology. a state of balance between host and infectious agent, as a bacterium or parasite, such that the immune defense of the host is sufficient to resist further infection but insufficient to destroy the agent.


Origin:
1920–35; < French prémunition < Latin praemūnītiōn-, stem of praemūnītiō advance provisions for defense; see pre-, munition

premunitive [pree-myoo-ni-tiv] , adjective
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premunition (ˌpriːmjʊˈnɪʃən)
 
n
med a state of immunity acquired as the result of a persistent latent infection
 
[C15 (in the sense: to protect beforehand): from Latin praemūnitiō, from praemūnīre, from prae before + mūnīre to fortify]

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premunition pre·mu·ni·tion (prē'myu-nĭsh'ən)
n.
See infection immunity.


pre·mune' (prē-myōōn') adj.
pre·mu'ni·tive adj.
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