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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Constitutive host defense mechanisms provided by LCs give baseline protection during relatively low microbial exposures.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa has become an important cause of infection, especially in patients with compromised host defense mechanisms. It has an ability to rapidly develop resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.
However, some pathogens have also the capacity to overcome neutrophil-mediated host defense mechanisms and establish infections leading to disease.
Dvorak and colleagues (18) concluded more than 35 years ago that host defense mechanisms are not impaired in patients with HS.
Dvorak and colleagues's concluded more than 35 years ago that host defense mechanisms are not impaired in patients with HS.
Innate host defense mechanisms of fish against viruses and bacteria.