immune

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From Middle French immun, from Latin immūnis (exempt from public service), from in- (not) + mūnus (service)

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immune (comparative more immune, superlative most immune)

  1. (usually with "from") Exempt; not subject to.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 2/9/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      He had always been remarkably immune from such little ailments, and had only once in his life been ill, of a vicious pneumonia long ago at school. He hadn't the faintest idea what to with a cold in the head, he just took quinine and continued to blow his nose.
    As a diplomat, you are immune from prosecution.
  2. (medicine, usually with "to") Protected by inoculation, or due to innate resistance to pathogens.
    I am immune to chicken pox.
  3. (by extension) Not vulnerable.
    Alas, he was immune to my charms.
  4. (medicine) Of or pertaining to the immune system.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
    We examined the patient's immune response.

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immune (plural immunes)

  1. (epidemiology) A person who is not susceptible to infection by a particular disease
    • 1965, Rene J. Dubos & James G. Hirsch editors, Bacterial and Mycotic Infections of Man[2], page 742:
      Susceptibles effectively exposed to cases become cases in the next time period; cases recovering from the infection accumulate as immunes.

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From Latin immūnis (exempt from public service).

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immune m, f (masculine and feminine plural immunes)

  1. immune

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immune m, f (masculine and feminine plural immuni)

  1. immune, exempt, free, unscathed

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immūne

  1. nominative neuter singular of immūnis
  2. accusative neuter singular of immūnis
  3. vocative neuter singular of immūnis