[pree-myoo-nish-uh n]


Immunology. a state of balance between host and infectious agent, as a bacterium or parasite, such that the immune defense of the host is sufficient to resist further infection but insufficient to destroy the agent.

Origin of premunition

1920–35; < French prémunition < Latin praemūnītiōn-, stem of praemūnītiō advance provisions for defense; see pre-, munition
Related formspre·mu·ni·tive [pree-myoo-ni-tiv] /priˈmyu nɪ tɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for premunition



med a state of immunity acquired as the result of a persistent latent infection

Word Origin for premunition

C15 (in the sense: to protect beforehand): from Latin praemūnitiō, from praemūnīre, from prae before + mūnīre to fortify
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premunition in Medicine




infection immunity
Related formspre•mune (prē-myōōn) adj.pre•muni•tive adj.
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