adaptive immune system

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adaptive immune system

n.
The component of the vertebrate immune system involving lymphocytes (B cells and T cells) containing a small number of genetically encoded proteins that combine to produce an enormous variety of proteins capable of recognizing and deactivating specific antigens.
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Researchers showed that postmenopausal women who had lost 10lbs through dieting more than once in the previous 20 years had a less active immune system.
Negative costimulatory proteins play critical roles as immune checkpoints, turning down or silencing the active immune system to prevent autoimmunity and to protect tissues from damage during inflammation.
Termites have an active immune system, appropriate for denizens of decay.