immune response

noun

: 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 Participants who quickly squelched the virus activated a fast-acting innate immune response in their nose. Saima S. Iqbal, Scientific American, 3 July 2024 The people with transient and abortive responses developed a quick immune response—built up within about one day—inside their noses. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2024 For example, Moderna’s bivalent vaccine construct contains the spike proteins from the original strain as well as the Beta variant, and it has been shown to elicit a strong immune response for each strain. Nicole Lurie, Foreign Affairs, 23 Dec. 2021 Studies show that most fevers are actually integral to effective immune responses. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for immune response 

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immune response was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Immune response.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immune%20response. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

immune response

noun
: a bodily response to a foreign substance, cell, or tissue that involves the formation of antibodies and cells capable of reacting with it and rendering it harmless

called also immune reaction

Medical Definition

immune response

noun
: 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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