immune response

noun

Definition of immune response

: a bodily response to an antigen that occurs when lymphocytes identify the antigenic molecule as foreign and induce the formation of antibodies and lymphocytes capable of reacting with it and rendering it harmless

called also immune reaction

Examples of immune response in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the coronavirus is causing brain complications, how is that happening – through direct invasion of the cells, or by triggering a harmful, inflammatory immune response? Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 may be linked to brain complications, study finds. But does it cause them?," 27 June 2020 Inhalation of dust particles into the airways can initiate an inflammatory immune response. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 If the vaccine is safe and shows a promising immune response in humans, larger trials will be planned for later this year, according to researchers. Fox News, "First volunteer receives experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Imperial College in UK trial," 25 June 2020 That’s good, because a runaway immune response is one of the ways Covid-19 turns deadly. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science," 24 June 2020 It isn’t yet known whether CNBG’s vaccines, which employ a dead strain of the novel coronavirus to elicit an immune response from the body, can prevent the infection. Bloomberg.com, "China Offers Vaccines Under Development to Beijing Workers," 23 June 2020 Researchers believe that some of the more severe symptoms during later stages of the disease are tied more to the body’s immune response than the virus itself — making an inhalable form of remdesivir particularly attractive. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Gilead to study inhalable form of remdisivir — a possible COVID-19 breakthrough," 22 June 2020 The immune response to the coronavirus can be overzealous, at first rousing itself to clear an infectious invader, before spilling over and destroying healthy tissue in a misguided bid to protect the body. Katherine J. Wu, BostonGlobe.com, "Gilead to test a version of remdesivir that can be inhaled," 22 June 2020 And really what’s killing people is the immune response to the infection. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Common Steroid Could Be Cheap and Effective Treatment for Severe COVID-19," 17 June 2020

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Immune response.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immune%20response. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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immune response

noun

Medical Definition of immune response

: a bodily response to an antigen that occurs when lymphocytes identify the antigenic molecule as foreign and induce the formation of antibodies and lymphocytes capable of reacting with it and rendering it harmless

called also immune reaction

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