Cell-mediated immunity



immunity independent of antibody but dependent on the recognition of antigen by T cells and their subsequent destruction of cells bearing the antigen or on the secretion by T cells of lymphokines that enhance the ability of phagocytes to eliminate the antigen.

cell-mediated immunity n.
Abbr. CMI
Immunity resulting from a cell-mediated immune response. Also called cellular immunity.
cell-mediated immunity
Immunity resulting from a cell-mediated immune response. Also called cellular immunity. Compare humoral immunity.

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