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passive

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adjective pas·sive \ˈpas-iv\

Medical Definition of passive

  1. 1a (1):  lethargic or lacking in energy or will (2):  tending not to take an active or dominant part <a passive spouse>b:  induced by an outside agency <passive exercise of a paralyzed leg>

  2. 2a:  of, relating to, or characterized by a state of chemical inactivityb:  not involving expenditure of chemical energy <passive transport across a plasma membrane>

  3. 3:  producing passive immunity <passive immunotherapy>

passively adverb
passiveness noun




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