Innate immunity



innate immunity n.
Immunity that occurs naturally as a result of a person’s genetic constitution or physiology and does not arise from a previous infection or vaccination. Also called genetic immunity, inherent immunity, native immunity, natural immunity, nonspecific immunity.

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    [ih-neyt, in-eyt] /ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt/ adjective 1. existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent. 2. inherent in the essential character of something: an innate defect in the hypothesis. 3. originating in or arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of good […]

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