host defense mechanism


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host defense mechanism

A complex interacting system that protects the host from endogenous and exogenous microorganisms. It includes physical and chemical barriers, inflammatory response, reticuloendothelial system, and immune responses.
See: cytokine; interleukin-1; interferon
See also: mechanism
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However, poor understanding of host defense mechanisms still impedes the development and application of C.
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