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 What the numbers do show is that children are not immune to the virus. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area schools move to reopen, facing huge uncertainty about how coronavirus affects kids," 26 June 2020 Though the younger population usually experiences more mild COVID-19 infection, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that young people are not immune to severe forms of the disease. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Latest pandemic development: Young people accounting for more infections," 23 June 2020 Celebrities are not immune to the consequences of bigotry and discrimination. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "All the celebrities who've been fired for their racist comments, as Hollywood takes account," 20 June 2020 Ellie was revealed to be immune to the disease and her cells could unlock a vaccine, although the procedure to harvest her cells would kill her. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'The Last of Us Part II' looks like a slam dunk for Sony," 19 June 2020 Prescott is not immune to catching the coronavirus himself. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Facing salary cap uncertainty, would Cowboys QB Dak Prescott be wise to get his money now?," 19 June 2020 The screenplay, by Rita Kalnejais, isn't immune to some familiar movie-of-the-week tropes, especially ones surrounding teenagers and terminal illness. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Australian indie Babyteeth breathes life into terminal illness and teen romance: Review," 17 June 2020 And even if a test is accurate, experts have no solid proof that antibodies mean a person is immune to the virus, or good data on how long that immunity might last. Kristen V Brown, Bloomberg.com, "Antibody Tests Are Everywhere Now and Confusing Everyone," 16 June 2020 Unlike flighty foreign investors, migrant workers are immune to herd behaviour, says Dilip Ratha of the World Bank. The Economist, "Trickles of gold Covid-19 has squeezed migrants’ remittances to their families," 15 June 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 5 Jul. 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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