[im-yuh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌɪm yəˈnɒl ə dʒi/

the branch of science dealing with the components of the immune system, immunity from disease, the immune response, and immunologic techniques of analysis.
the branch of biological science concerned with the study of immunity

by 1906, a hybrid from comb. form of immune + -ology. Related: Immunological; immunologist.

immunology im·mu·nol·o·gy (ĭm’yə-nŏl’ə-jē)
The branch of biomedicine that is concerned with the structure and function of the immune system, innate and acquired immunity, and laboratory techniques involving the interaction of antigens with antibodies.
im’mu·no·log’ic (-nə-lŏj’ĭk) or im’mu·no·log’i·cal adj.
The scientific study of the structure and function of the immune system.


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