immune system


immune system
noun
a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response
Hypernyms: ↑system
Part Meronyms:

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noun
: the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies

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Anat.
a diffuse, complex network of interacting cells, cell products, and cell-forming tissues that protects the body from pathogens and other foreign substances, destroys infected and malignant cells, and removes cellular debris: the system includes the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and lymph tissue, stem cells, white blood cells, antibodies, and lymphokines.
[1960-65]

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immune system noun
The process within an organism whereby antigenic or foreign matter is distinguished and neutralized through antibody or cytotoxic action
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Main Entry:immune

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immune system UK US noun [countable] [singular immune system plural immune systems]
the system in your body that protects you against diseases
Thesaurus: infection and fighting infectionhyponym general words for illnesses, diseases and medical conditionssynonym

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noun, pl ⋯ -tems [count]
: the system that protects your body from diseases and infections

a strong/healthy immune system

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imˈmune system [immune system] noun
the system in your body that produces substances to help it fight against infection and disease

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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