- immunity in an organism resulting from its own production of antibody or lymphocytes.
Compare passive immunity.
Origin of active immunity
First recorded in 1910–15
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- Immunity resulting from the development of antibodies in response to the presence of an antigen, as from vaccination or exposure to an infectious disease.
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- See under acquired immunity.
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