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natural immunity

[′nach·rəl i′myü·nəd·ē]
(immunology)
Native immunity possessed by the individuals of a race, strain, or species.
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Her 'shop's" hygiene would now be applauded by those who believe that we should develop our natural immunity.
Latently infected persons (L) may progress to active disease at rate v or become reinfected at rate [theta]p[beta]T, where [theta] defines the protection from reinfection because of natural immunity.
In August 1999 AIDS Treatment News noted animal studies showing that exposure to "poppers" increased cancer growth (2) and bacterial growth (3), probably by suppressing the animals' natural immunity.
This is either because they are infected with a weak strain of the virus or because their bodies have some natural immunity.
It also accelerates the birds' natural immunity to harmful bacteria.
vaccinate against, explained Stowers, because "people don't get natural immunity.
Habitat loss and fire suppression have caused their demise, and the jays now face a new threat, West Nile virus, to which they have no natural immunity.
What we're finding is that you can treat animals with gamma-interferon and more generally increase their health by boosting their immune system, giving them a greater degree of natural immunity to infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria or parasites.
But in transplant recipients, whose natural immunity is weakened by anti- rejection drugs, the illness can have serious, even deadly consequences.
You wouldn't want to completely block the infection, anyway, because then you wouldn't stimulate the bird's immune system to provide natural immunity against future coccidia infections or other opportunistic pathogens.
Because there is so little natural immunity to this flu variant, Glezen predicts that it could hit hard.