[im-yuh-noh-kom-pi-tnt, ih-myoo-]


having the potential for immunologic response; capable of developing immunity after exposure to antigen.

Origin of immunocompetent

First recorded in 1970–75; immuno- + competent
Related formsim·mu·no·com·pe·tence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for immunocompetence



the capacity of the immune system to carry out its function of distinguishing alien from endogenous material; ability of the body to resist disease
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immunocompetence in Medicine


[ĭm′yə-nō-kŏmpĭ-tənt, ĭ-myōō′-]


Having the normal bodily capacity to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen.
Related formsim′mu•no•compe•tence n.
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