protected from a disease or the like, as by inoculation or by having the necessary antibodies due to a previous infection (often followed by to): Most adults in the study were immune to yellow fever due to previous vaccination.Since I had already had measles, I assumed I was immune.
of or relating to the production of antibodies or lymphocytes that can react with a specific antigen: Crohn's disease is an abnormal immune reaction that causes the immune system to attack cells in the lining of the digestive tract.
exempt or protected: He thought being rich made him immune from punishment, but he went to jail for his crimes.
not responsive or susceptible: Over time writers are supposed to grow immune to criticism and let bad reviews roll off our backs.You're certainly highly resistant to argument, and also immune to new ideas.
a person who is immune.
- hy·per·im·mune, adjective
- non·im·mune, adjective
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How to use immune in a sentence
To get the US to herd immunity — when enough of the US population is immune so the virus no longer poses a major threat — by the end of the summer, America likely needs to hit an average of 2 million or 3 million doses a day.Good news about America’s Covid-19 vaccine campaign | German Lopez | February 12, 2021 | Vox
Someone who has had the vaccine and is immune to the virus may still test negative for certain antibodies, Murphy explained.Why you shouldn’t get a covid antibody test after your vaccine | Lindsey Bever | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
At the time, this was really about Prodigy and AOL, but no one really cared, because no one really thought very much about what the impact would be of making Prodigy immune from tort lawsuits.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It? | Stephen Engelberg | February 9, 2021 | ProPublica
Republicans are the most likely to say that they don’t plan to be vaccinated against the virus, a key step toward achieving saturation of immune individuals and therefore protecting the country broadly.What you’re saying when you say that covering the coronavirus is partisan | Philip Bump | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Members of a household, neighbors, or people living in long-term care facilities may be able to share the company of others who are also immune.Covid-19 vaccines are great — but you still need to wear a mask for now | Umair Irfan | February 9, 2021 | Vox
With enough changing of the influenza RNA over time, the vaccine no longer provokes the “right” immune response.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers | Kent Sepkowitz | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
So too with a vaccine that provokes a specific immune response aimed at a specific RNA sequence.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers | Kent Sepkowitz | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective.
Their captors wore palm leaves, leopard skins, and magical relics to make themselves immune to bullets.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Also due to their unusual immune system, bats can remain healthy and able to travel even while infected.
He believes, he has an instinct, that here is the heel of the German Colossus, otherwise immune to our arrows.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
School-children at times have what appears to be mere sore throat but which is really diphtheria in the naturally immune.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
She luxuriated in her little perilous letting-go—could toy with, and yet be immune from, a danger.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
If so, then Lieutenant Jervis is immune to the virus and is not a transmitter or carrier of it.The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance
Even today the Emperor was not immune from the charms of feminine beauty.The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
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
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