immune

adjective im·mune \ i-ˈmyün \

Definition of immune

1 a :free, exempt
  • immune from further taxation
b :marked by protection
  • some criminal leaders are immune from arrest
2 :not susceptible or responsive
  • immune to all pleas
; especially :having a high degree of resistance to a disease
  • immune to diphtheria
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

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Origin and Etymology of immune

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

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IMMUNE Defined for English Language Learners

immune

adjective

Definition of immune for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

immune

adjective im·mune \ i-ˈmyün \

Definition of immune for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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immune

adjective im·mune \ im-ˈyün \

medical Definition of immune

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

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immune

noun

medical Definition of immune

:an immune individual

Law Dictionary

immune

adjective im·mune \ i-ˈmyün \

legal Definition of immune

:having immunity :exempt


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