anergy

noun
an·​er·​gy | \ ˈa-(ˌ)nər-jē How to pronounce anergy (audio) \

Definition of anergy

: a condition in which the body fails to react to an antigen

First Known Use of anergy

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anergy

International Scientific Vocabulary a- entry 2 + -ergy (as in allergy)

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“Anergy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anergy. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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anergy

noun
an·​er·​gy | \ ˈan-(ˌ)ər-jē How to pronounce anergy (audio) \
plural anergies

Medical Definition of anergy

: a condition in which the body's immune system fails to react to an antigen : immunological hyporesponsiveness Specific anergy is lack of reactivity to an individual antigen, while generalized (nonspecific) anergy is the inability to react to any antigen.— Harriet Kitzman et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association By deliberately throwing cells into anergy, researchers also hope to control allergies and certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, in which white blood cells attack the body's connective tissue in the joints.— Gina Kolata, The New York Times

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anergic \ -​jik How to pronounce anergy (audio) \ adjective
If the second signal is not provided, the T cell becomes unresponsive (anergic). — Suryaprakash R. Sambhara et al., Science, Patients with AIDS have tended to be anergic (both on skin tests and in vitro) and lymphopenic … — D. Peter Drotman, The Journal of the American Medical Association

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