acquired antibody n.
An antibody produced by an immune response, in contrast to one occurring naturally in an individual.
to come into possession or ownership of; get as one’s own: to acquire property. to gain for oneself through one’s actions or efforts: to acquire learning. Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element). Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar. […]
- Acquired behaviour
noun (psychol) the behaviour of an organism resulting from the effects of the environment
- Acquired character
a noninheritable character that results from certain environmental influences. Historical Examples The writer is not aware that there is at present on record a single adequate proof of the heredity of an acquired character. The Organism as a Whole Jacques Loeb Music, like language, is also an acquired character, and it is probably not transmitted. […]
- Acquired characteristic
noun a characteristic of an organism that results from increased use or disuse of an organ or the effects of the environment and cannot be inherited See also Lamarckism Historical Examples They acquired characteristic modes of speaking, of thinking. Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle “An acquired characteristic, I assure you,” said Temple, remembering […]