immunologic surveillance

im·mune sur·veil·lance

a theory that the immune system recognizes and destroys tumor cells that are constantly arising during the life of the individual.

immunologic surveillance

Etymology: L, immunis, free from; Gk, logos, science; Fr, surveiller, to watch over
the constant monitoring by the immune system of microorganisms, foreign tissue, and diseases caused by altered cells, especially cancer cells. Also called immune surveillance, immunosurveillance.
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However, immunologic surveillance, reporting, and diagnostic investigations in humans are lacking.
It regulates our body temperature and helps with immunologic surveillance (the constant patrolling of the immune system to seek out and destroy invading pathogens and host cells that become cancerous).
Enhanced immunologic surveillance due to allergy could contribute to the control of leiomyomas growth.
From these results, reported in PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES in 1975, Rosenberg theorized that surface DNA helps a tumor cell avoid immunologic surveillance.