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

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With further digging, the researchers found that the probiotic usurpers seemed to spur immune responses in the gut that could inhibit native microbes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 The soreness is related to the goal of immunizations, which is to incite an immune response. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 In men, these anti-sperm antibodies might develop after an infection in the prostate or an injury to the testes that that triggers an immune response. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 People who got the vaccine had boosted immune responses, and an increased level of the broadly neutralizing antibodies HIV researchers are so optimistic about. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine," 1 June 2018 The exposure led to a reaction in which protein fibers called amyloids, which cause the plaques found in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains, were formed, perhaps to ensnare the viruses as part of immune response. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease," 23 June 2018 There were already hints that aberrant maternal immune responses might trigger early labor. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Could out-of-whack fetal immune systems prompt preterm labor?," 25 Apr. 2018 The body’s immune response can go haywire, overwhelming and sometimes continuing to damage the brain for months. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In a bid to promote stem cell therapies, health officials open a new door for promising contenders," 13 Apr. 2018 The test will give a pass to patients whose immune response has been quieted by antibiotics yet can be triggered by certain antibodies that may be present in non-sufferers. Lidija Haas, The New Yorker, "Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief," 17 June 2014

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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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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