immunology


im·mu·nol·o·gy

noun \ˌi-myə-ˈnä-lə-jē\

: a science that deals with the ways in which the body protects itself from diseases and infections

Full Definition of IMMUNOLOGY

:  a science that deals with the immune system and the cell-mediated and humoral aspects of immunity and immune responses
im·mu·no·log·ic \-nə-ˈlä-jik\ or im·mu·no·log·i·cal \-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
im·mu·no·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
im·mu·nol·o·gist \ˌi-myə-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of IMMUNOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1910

im·mu·nol·o·gy

noun \ˌim-yə-ˈnäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural im·mu·nol·o·gies

Medical Definition of IMMUNOLOGY

: a science that deals with the immune system and the cell-mediated and humoral aspects of immunity and immune responses
im·mu·no·log·ic \-yən-əl-ˈäj-ik\ or im·mu·no·log·i·cal \-ˈäj-i-kəl\ adjective
im·mu·no·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

immunology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Science dealing with the body's defenses against disease-causing microorganisms and disorders of those defenses. Starting with Edward Jenner's use of a vaccine against smallpox in 1796, immunology has arrived at a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the role of microorganisms in disease and of the formation, mobilization, action, and interaction of antibodies and antigen-reactive cells. It covers treatment of allergies, immunosuppression after organ transplants to prevent rejection, and study of autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiencies. AIDS has stimulated intensive research in the last of these.

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