adaptive immune response
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adaptive immune response[ə¦dap·tiv i′myün ri‚späns]
An immune response based on the principle of clonal recognition, such that upon first exposure to an antigen, primed lymphocytes either differentiate into immune effector cells or form an expanded pool of memory cells that respond to secondary exposure to the same antigen by mounting an amplified and more rapid response.