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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.
"Ironically, the mice on the high-fat diet seem to have a less active immune system when they really need it," the expert added.
Termites have an active immune system, appropriate for denizens of decay.
A study by Stanford University in California found that women had more active immune systems thanks to their higher levels of the hormone oestrogen, which boosted their ability to battle flu bugs.