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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Fluids shift, immune responses decline, a handful of genes substantially change their expression patterns, and, problematically, eyesight enigmatically deteriorates. National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 Already, a few studies have suggested that vaccines given at the right time of day produce a more robust immune response. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 The immune response in patients taking beta blockers was indistinguishable from that of patients who weren't using these drugs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Training plus a placebo may make a drug more effective," 3 Apr. 2018 These cellular cyborgs could one day step in when your body falls short in its attempts to hunt cancer cells, tamp down overactive immune responses or adjust the gut microbiome. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 But precautions must be taken to make sure these foreign cells don’t cause a potentially dangerous immune response. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Poseida raises $30.5 million for cancer cell therapy," 4 Apr. 2018 That decline includes both a decrease in the number of protective cells overall and the speed of the immune response itself, the National Institutes of Health state. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why It's Taking Whoopi Goldberg Weeks to Recover From Pneumonia, According to Doctors," 8 Mar. 2019 The authors chose fat cells, which typically don't trigger an immune response when transplanted to a new animal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging," 10 July 2018 Other elements—such as immune response–provoking bacteria—also might be escaping. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’?," 23 May 2018

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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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