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premunition

[ pree-myoo-nish-uhn ]
/ ˌpri myuˈnɪʃ ən /
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noun

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.

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Also called coinfectious immunity.

Origin of premunition

1920–35; <French prémunition<Latin praemūnītiōn-, stem of praemūnītiō advance provisions for defense; see pre-, munition

OTHER WORDS FROM premunition

pre·mu·ni·tive [pree-myoo-ni-tiv], /priˈmyu nɪ tɪv/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for premunition

premunition
/ (ˌpriːmjʊˈnɪʃən) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for premunition

premunition
[ prē′myu-nĭshən ]

n.

infection immunity

Other words from premunition

pre•mune (prē-myōōn) adj.pre•muni•tive adj.
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