adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin immunis, from in- + munia services, obligations; akin to Latin munus service — more at mean Date: 15th century 1. a. free, exempt <
immune from further taxation
b. marked by protection <
some criminal leaders are immune from arrest
2. not susceptible or responsive <
immune to all pleas
; especially having a high degree of resistance to a disease <
immune to diphtheria
3. a. having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen <
an immune serum
b. produced by, involved in, or concerned with immunity or an immune response <
immune agglutinins
immune globulins
immune noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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