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Acquired Immunity

A state in which a host is not susceptible to infection or disease, or the mechanisms by which this is achieved. Immunity is achieved by an individual through one of three routes: natural or innate immunity genetically inherited or acquired through maternal antibody; acquired immunity conferred after contact with a disease; and artificial immunity after a successful vaccination. Also termed specific immunity, resistance or specific resistance.

Specific immunity is divided into cellular immunity, acting via the direct involvement of T cells, and humoral immunity, involving antibodies and B cells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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