Definition of Active immunity

1. Noun. A form of acquired immunity in which the body produces its own antibodies against disease-causing antigens.

Generic synonyms: Acquired Immunity

Medical Definition of Active immunity

1. An organisms resistance to disease or infection, developed because the organisms immune system has produced antibodies after an infection or innoculation. (06 May 1997)

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Literary usage of Active immunity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1918)
"ACQUIRED IMMUNITY Acquired immunity may be either active or passive. active immunity is due to the direct participation of the organism concerned, ..."

2. Collected Studies on Immunity by Paul Ehrlich (1906)
"XL active immunity AND ... Under the direction of Professor Ehrlich I have tried to see whether active immunity could be conferred upon a given normal ..."

3. A Practical Text-book of Infection, Immunity, and Specific Therapy: With by John Albert Kolmer (1915)
"... or animal protected, but is passively acquired by the injection of serum from one that has acquired an active immunity to the disease in question. ..."

4. Infection and Resistance: An Exposition of the Biological Phenomena by Hans Zinsser (1918)
"... produces a resistance which is "specifically" aimed only at the particular infectious agent with which the original active immunity was produced. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"In the first—active immunity— a reaction or scries of reactions is produced ... The methods of active immunity have been practically applied in preventive ..."

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