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Acquired: Not inherited, or present at birth (congenital), but developing after birth. For example, AIDS is an acquired, not an inherited, form of immune deficiency.
- Acquired deafness
The loss of hearing that occurs or develops some time during a person’s life but was not present at birth. Acquired deafness contrasts to congenital deafness which is present at birth. The distinction between acquired and congenital deafness specifies only the time that the deafness appears. It does not specify whether the cause of the […]
- Acquired immunity
Acquired immunity: Immunity acquired by infection or vaccination (active immunity) or by the transfer of antibody or lymphocytes from an immune donor (passive immunity). Acquired immunity is in contrast to innate immunity (natural immunity).
- Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AIDS. AIDS is a disease due to infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Also referred to as acquired immunodeficiency disease.
- Acquired mutation
Acquired mutation: A genetic change that occurs in a single cell after the conception of an individual. That change is then passed along to all cells descended from that cell. Acquired mutations are involved in the development of cancer.