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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The meganuclease treatment did cause liver enzymes to rise, indicating an immune response, which wasn’t unexpected because this molecule came from algae. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Gene edited monkeys offer hope for heart disease patients," 9 July 2018 The number of people who die from an immune response to the initial viral infection versus a secondary bacterial infection depends, in part, on the viral strain and the cleanliness of the spaces in which the sick are housed. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "How Does the Flu Actually Kill People?," 18 Dec. 2017 For instance, in rare but very serious cases, lamotrigine can lead to a life-threatening immune response, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 The variations change the shape of its antigens, allowing it to keep dodging the host’s immune responses. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease," 26 Sep. 2018 That, in turn, allows typical anti-tumor immune responses to proceed. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 Patients have also been given plasma donations from the blood of Ebola survivors to boost the body's immune response. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which kill healthy as well as diseased cells, the new drugs work in a variety of ways, including breaking down abnormal proteins, inducing cancer cells to die, and boosting immune responses. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 This regimen involves a dose of rabies immune globulin, which gives some immediate protection, followed by a series of four rabies vaccines (administered in the arm, just like other vaccines) to allow the body to mount its own immune response. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains," 24 Jan. 2019

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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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