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1. to administer a chemical substance to a patient for observation of whether the normal physiological response occurs.
2. in immunology, to administer antigen to evoke an immunologic response in a previously sensitized individual.
3. the administration of such a substance in order to assess for a response; called also provocation.
bronchial challenge (inhalational challenge) bronchial challenge test.
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Immunology The induction or evaluation of an immune response in an organism by administration of a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
v. chal·lenged, chal·lenging, chal·lenges
Immunology To induce or evaluate an immune response in (an organism) by administering a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
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challengeImmunology The administration of an antigen or allergen to a person who has been previously exposed to the antigen, specifically to evoke an immune response
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