immune

adjective
im·​mune | \ i-ˈmyün How to pronounce immune (audio) \

Definition of immune

1 : not susceptible or responsive immune to all pleas especially : having a high degree of resistance to a disease immune to diphtheria
2a : produced by, involved in, or concerned with immunity or an immune response immune agglutinins immune globulins
b : having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen an immune serum
3a : marked by protection some criminal leaders are immune from arrest
b : free, exempt immune from further taxation

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Other Words from immune

immune noun

Frequently Asked Questions About immune

Is it 'immune to' or 'immune from'?

In most cases, if you are immune to something, it has no effect on you—for example, you might be immune to a disease or to criticism. If you are immune from something, it cannot reach you—for example, you might be immune from prosecution in a plea bargain.

What is the immune system?

The immune system is what protects your body from diseases and infections. It's the bodily system that produces the immune response to defend your body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues. The immune system includes various parts of the body including the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (such as those in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies.

What is herd immunity?

The term herd immunity refers to a reduction in the likelihood of someone catching a specific infectious disease because a significant proportion of the people in that person's community are immune to it. If you are less likely to come in contact with an infectious person, you're less likely to get infected yourself. The people in a community can be immune to a particular disease especially through previous exposure or vaccination.

Examples of immune in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the blood samples, the researchers examined components of immune memory. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus immunity can last more than six months, study suggests," 18 Nov. 2020 Physicians will be watching for unintended immune reactions, which can be both helpful and detrimental. Sanjay Mishra, The Conversation, "How mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna work, why they’re a breakthrough and why they need to be kept so cold," 18 Nov. 2020 The research, published on the open access site bioRxiv, which is regularly used by scientists to analyze data, is the most comprehensive study yet of immune memory. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Does COVID-19 result in lasting immunity? Growing evidence says yes," 18 Nov. 2020 There is not sufficient scientific evidence, experts have said, to prove whether someone who contracted the virus is actually immune to the disease. Andrea Salcedo, Anchorage Daily News, "Urged by a Democrat to wear his mask, Sen. Dan Sullivan retorted: ‘I don’t need your instructions’," 17 Nov. 2020 Of, a Goop immune support soft chew, and a Bite agave lip mask. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Mint Business Class Is Adding Craft Cocktails and Supergoop Amenities," 17 Nov. 2020 There is not sufficient scientific evidence, experts have said, to prove whether someone who contracted the virus is actually immune to the disease. Washington Post, "Urged by a Democrat to wear his mask, Sen. Dan Sullivan retorted: ‘I don’t need your instructions’," 17 Nov. 2020 The spike proteins created by the body aren’t dangerous because the rest of the virus isn’t present, however, the body now sees the protein and designs immune soldiers to fight it upon future exposure. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "There are now two promising potential COVID vaccines. This is what we know about them.," 16 Nov. 2020 Indeed, the market around the decorous and curated celebration of golf, Southern hospitality and social status has appeared largely immune from the industry’s shifts, mostly because of how Augusta National sells Masters tickets. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "A Lack of Fans at the Masters Strains Those Who Would Sell the Experience," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of immune

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for immune

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

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“Immune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immune. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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immune

adjective
How to pronounce immune (audio)

English Language Learners 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

immune

adjective
im·​mune | \ i-ˈmyün How to pronounce immune (audio) \

Kids Definition of immune

1 : having a high degree of resistance to an illness or disease
2 : of, relating to, or involving the body's immune system an immune response
3 : not influenced or affected by something She is immune to criticism.
4 : not subject to something : exempt They are immune from punishment.

immune

adjective
im·​mune | \ im-ˈyün How to pronounce immune (audio) \

Medical Definition of immune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not susceptible or responsive especially : having a high degree of resistance to a disease immune to diphtheria
2a : 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

noun

Medical Definition of immune (Entry 2 of 2)

: an immune individual

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immune

adjective
im·​mune | \ i-ˈmyün How to pronounce immune (audio) \

Legal Definition of immune

: having immunity : exempt

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