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AIDS acronym of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome," a usu. fatal viral disease of the body's immune system, transferred through blood, sexual contact, contaminated hypodermic needles, or the like.
colostrum the yellowish milk secreted by a female mammal in the first few days after the birth of young, that is esp. rich in immune factors and protein.
HIV abbreviation of "human immunodeficiency virus," the retrovirus that causes AIDS by infecting and destroying T cells in the immune system.
hyperimmune combined form of immune.
immunity the state or condition of being immune to a disease. [1/2 definitions]
immunize to cause to be immune, as by vaccination.
immunosuppressive of drugs, tending to suppress the natural immune response.
lupus a disease in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues, resulting in any of a variety of symptoms such as skin lesions, lung inflammation, or liver dysfunction.
nonimmune combined form of immune.
open city a city in a war zone that is officially declared to be demilitarized and open to enemy occupation, and is thus rendered immune, by international law, to attack or bombardment.
polyvalent of an immune serum, containing more than one antibody, each of which reacts to or with an antigen or microorganism. [1/2 definitions]
sacred cow any person or entity regarded as immune from criticism or attack.
sacrosanct regarded as dedicated to holy use or as so sacred as to be immune to desecration; inviolable; consecrated. [1/2 definitions]
sovereign immunity a doctrine stating that the government is immune from any civil or criminal prosecutions other than those to which it consents.
spleen a ductless organ on the left side near the stomach, which filters and stores blood, destroys certain worn-out red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells of the immune system. [1/2 definitions]
superior indifferent to; immune to. [1/9 definitions]
thymosin any of several hormones secreted by the thymus that stimulate the immune system by promoting the development of T cells.
vaccinate to inoculate with a vaccine to make immune to a particular disease.
vaccine a specimen of modified, killed, or avirulent viruses or bacteria, used to inoculate persons or animals in order to stimulate their immune systems to protect against virulent strains. [1/3 definitions]