specific immunity


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spe·cif·ic im·mu·ni·ty

the immune status in which altered reactivity is directed solely against the antigenic determinants (infectious agent or other) that stimulated it. See: acquired immunity.

spe·cif·ic im·mu·ni·ty

(spĕ-sif'ik i-myū'ni-tē)
The immune status in which there is an altered reactivity directed solely against the antigenic determinants (infectious agent or other) that stimulated it.
See also: acquired immunity
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Strain differences in non specific immunity of Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) following challenge with Vibrioparahaemolyticus.
The main function of the alternate pathway is rapid lysing of foreign cells, especially viruses and gram-negative bacteria, in the absence of specific immunity. In addition to destroying foreign cells, the complement system also enhances the inflammatory process and phagocytosis.
Given the confusion regarding the role of IgG in the pathology of food intolerance, it is not surprising that many clinicians believe prior exposure to a food is necessary in order to develop a sensitivity, as indeed it would if in fact food intolerance were a function of specific immunity. However, this is not the case.
Specific immunity is responsible for targeting specific microorganisms.
While Lott was attempting to prevent any amendment process, he penciled in his own amendment providing specific immunity for a hometown company.
Even accepting this general principle, it is still necessary to identify how this burden should be allocated, and more importantly, what specific factors should guide the Congress if it considers a specific immunity proposal.

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