nonimmune

adjective

non·​im·​mune ˌnän-i-ˈmyün How to pronounce nonimmune (audio)
1
: not produced by, involved in, or relating to an immune response or the immune system
nonimmune cells
a nonimmune inflammatory response
2
: lacking immunity (as to a disease)
travelers who are nonimmune to local illnesses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the coronavirus has fewer and fewer nonimmune people to infect, though, immune evasion will become a more and more important constraint on its evolution. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 29 Jan. 2022 But until a vaccine was developed in 1963, some nonimmune adults died every year. Monica Gandhi, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 As populations draw closer to herd immunity, the chance of a vaccinated person both carrying the virus and coming into close contact with a nonimmune person will become so low that the guidelines will change. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2021 These outbreaks will not be driven by SARS-CoV-2 mutation or virulence, but by the further exposure of nonimmune people to the virus. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2020 These outbreaks will not be driven by SARS-CoV-2 mutation or virulence, but by the further exposure of nonimmune people to the virus. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2020 These outbreaks will not be driven by SARS-CoV-2 mutation or virulence, but by the further exposure of nonimmune people to the virus. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2020 These outbreaks will not be driven by SARS-CoV-2 mutation or virulence, but by the further exposure of nonimmune people to the virus. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2020 These outbreaks will not be driven by SARS-CoV-2 mutation or virulence, but by the further exposure of nonimmune people to the virus. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonimmune was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Nonimmune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonimmune. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

nonimmune 1 of 2

adjective

non·​im·​mune -im-ˈyün How to pronounce nonimmune (audio)
1
: not produced by, involved in, or relating to an immune response or the immune system
drug-induced nonimmune thromobocytopenia
nonimmune cells
a nonimmune inflammatory response
2
: not immune : lacking immunity
The disease now seems to recur in urban areas about every seven years, when numbers of nonimmune individuals that are sufficient to support an outbreak accumulate. Scientific American Medicine

nonimmune

2 of 2

noun

: an individual that lacks immunity to a particular disease
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