acquired immunity

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acquired immunity

[ə′kwīrd ə′myün·ə·dē]
(immunology)
Resistance to a microbial or other antigenic substance taken on by a naturally susceptible individual; may be either active or passive.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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