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premunition

[pree-myoo-nish-uh n] /ˌpri myuˈnɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
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.
Also called coinfectious immunity.
Origin
1920-1935
1920-35; < French prémunition < Latin praemūnītiōn-, stem of praemūnītiō advance provisions for defense; see pre-, munition
Related forms
premunitive
[pree-myoo-ni-tiv] /priˈmyu nɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre munition

premunition

/ˌpriːmjʊˈnɪʃən/
noun
1.
(med) a state of immunity acquired as the result of a persistent latent infection
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: to protect beforehand): from Latin praemūnitiō, from praemūnīre, from prae before + mūnīre to fortify
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pre munition in Medicine

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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