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immune

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adjective im·mune \i-ˈmyün\

Simple Definition of immune

  • : not capable of being affected by a disease

  • : not influenced or affected by something

  • : having special protection from something that is required for most people by law

Full Definition of immune

  1. 1 a :  free, exempt <immune from further taxation> b :  marked by protection <some criminal leaders are immune from arrest>

  2. 2 :  not susceptible or responsive <immune to all pleas>; especially :  having a high degree of resistance to a disease <immune to diphtheria>

  3. 3 a :  having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen <an immune serum> b :  produced by, involved in, or concerned with immunity or an immune response <immune agglutinins> <immune globulins>

immune noun

Origin of immune

Middle English, from Latin immunis, from in- + munia services, obligations; akin to Latin munus service — more at mean


First Known Use: 15th century

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IMMUNE Defined for Kids

immune

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adjective im·mune \i-ˈmyün\

Definition of immune

  1. 1 :  having a high degree of resistance to an illness or disease

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or involving the body's immune system <an immune response>

  3. 3 :  not influenced or affected by something <She is immune to criticism.>

  4. 4 :  not subject to something :  exempt <They are immune from punishment.>




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