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[ih-myoon] /ɪˈmyun/
protected from a disease or the like, as by inoculation.
of or relating to the production of antibodies or lymphocytes that can react with a specific antigen:
immune reaction.
exempt or protected:
immune from punishment.
not responsive or susceptible:
immune to new ideas.
a person who is immune.
Origin of immune
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immūnis exempt, equivalent to im- im-2 + -mūnis; see common
Related forms
hyperimmune, adjective
nonimmune, adjective Unabridged
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  • We are self-centered, free-willed; immune from any possibility of offending the universe.

  • "Rather a costly experiment for you if I prove not to be immune," rallied Lennon.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Of course it was a game at which two could play and we were not immune by any means.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • There are some children, however, who seem to be immune to vaccination.

  • But his mother had arranged it, so in a way it was immune from his iconoclastic rage.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
British Dictionary definitions for immune


protected against a specific disease by inoculation or as the result of innate or acquired resistance
relating to or conferring immunity: an immune body See antibody
(usually postpositive) foll by to. unsusceptible (to) or secure (against): immune to inflation
exempt from obligation, penalty, etc
an immune person or animal
Word Origin
C15: from Latin immūnis exempt from a public service, from im- (not) + mūnus duty
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Word Origin and History for immune

mid-15c., "free; exempt," back-formation from immunity. Cf. Latin immunis "exempt from public service, free from taxes." Specific modern medical sense of "exempt from a disease" (typically because of inoculation) is from 1881. Immune system attested by 1917.

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immune in Medicine

immune im·mune (ĭ-myoōn')

  1. Of, relating to, or having immunity to infection by a specific pathogen.

  2. Relating to the mechanism of sensitization in which the reactivity is so altered by previous contact with an antigen that the responsive tissues respond quickly upon subsequent contact.

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