[ pree-myoo-nish-uhn ]
/ ˌpri myuˈnɪʃ ən /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM premunitionpre·mu·ni·tive [pree-myoo-ni-tiv], /priˈmyu nɪ tɪv/, adjective
Words nearby premunition
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British Dictionary definitions for premunition
/ (ˌpriːmjʊˈnɪʃən) /
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
[ prē′myu-nĭsh′ən ]
Other words from premunitionpre•mune′ (prē-myōōn′) adj.pre•mu′ni•tive adj.
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