passive immunity


noun Immunology.

immunity resulting from the injection of antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes from another organism or, in infants, from the transfer of antibodies through the placenta or from colostrum.

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Origin of passive immunity

First recorded in 1890–95

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Medicine definitions for passive immunity

passive immunity

n.

Immunity acquired by the transfer of antibodies from another individual, as through injection or placental transfer to a fetus.

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Science definitions for passive immunity

passive immunity

[ păsĭv ]

See under acquired immunity.
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