A vaccine can make sure you are immune to some diseases.
- A person who has been promised he will not be prosecuted for a crime is an example of someone who is immune to prosecution.
- A person who has had the chicken pox vaccine and cannot get chicken pox is an example of someone who is immune to chicken pox.
- protected against something disagreeable or harmful
- not susceptible to some specified disease because of the presence of the specific antibodies
- of or relating to immunity or the immune system
Origin of immuneMiddle English immuin ; from Classical Latin immunis, free from public service, exempt ; from in-, without + munia, duties, functions ; from Indo-European an unverified form moini-: see common
- a. Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt: immune from being eliminated in a contest.b. Having legal immunity: immune from taxation.
- Not affected by a given influence; unresponsive: immune to persuasion.
- Immunology a. Of or relating to immunity or an immune response.b. Having resistance to a specific pathogen.c. Having or producing sensitized antibodies or lymphocytes that react to specific antigens: immune serum.
Origin of immuneMiddle English, from Latin imm&umacron;nis; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more immune, superlative most immune)
- (usually with "from") Exempt; not subject to.
- As a diplomat, you are immune from prosecution.
- (medicine, usually with "to") Protected by inoculation, or due to innate resistance to pathogens.
- I am immune to chicken pox.
- (by extension) Not vulnerable.
- Alas, he was immune to my charms.
- (medicine) Of or pertaining to the immune system.
- We examined the patient's immune response.
- (epidemiology) A person who is not susceptible to infection by a particular disease
From Middle French immun, from Latin immūnis (“exempt from public service”), from in- (“not”) + mūnus (“service”)