any of the body's immunologic reactions to an antigen.
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Origin of immune response
First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for immune response
the reaction of an organism's body to foreign materials (antigens), including the production of antibodies
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Medicine definitions for immune response
An integrated bodily response to an antigen, especially one mediated by lymphocytes and involving recognition of antigens by specific antibodies or previously sensitized lymphocytes.
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Science definitions for immune response
[ ĭ-myōōn′ ]
A protective response of the body's immune system to an antigen, especially a microorganism or virus that causes disease. The immune response involves the action of lymphocytes that deactivate antigens either by stimulating the production of antibodies (humoral immune response) or by a direct attack on foreign cells (cell-mediated immune response.) An inability to produce a normal immune response results in immunodeficiency diseases such as AIDS. See also cell-mediated immune response humoral immune response.
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