premunition
noun Etymology: Latin praemunition-, praemunitio strengthening of an argument to forestall objections, from praemunire to fortify in advance, from prae- + munire to fortify — more at munition Date: 1607 1. archaic an advance provision of protection 2. a. resistance to a disease due to the existence of its causative agent in a state of physiological equilibrium in the host b. immunity to a particular infection due to previous presence of the causative agent

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  • prémunition — [ premynisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1924; « protection » 1576; de prémunir ♦ Méd. État de résistance à toute surinfection d un organisme déjà infecté. La prémunition est à distinguer de l immunité vraie, où la résistance persiste après la disparition de l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Premunition — Pre mu*ni tion, n. [L. praemunitio: cf. F. pr[ e]munition.] The act of fortifying or guarding against objections. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • premunition — index precaution, preparation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • premunition — [prē΄myo͞o nish′ən] n. a type of immunity caused by a small number of persistent, latent pathogens in the body …   English World dictionary

  • premunition — premunitive /pree myooh ni tiv/, adj. /pree myooh nish euhn/, n. Immunol. a state of balance between host and infectious agent, as a bacterium or parasite, such that the immune defense of the host is sufficient to resist further infection but… …   Universalium

  • premunition — noun immunization due to having had the disease before Premunition to chicken pox …   Wiktionary

  • premunition — pre•mu•ni•tion [[t]ˌpri myuˈnɪʃ ən[/t]] n. imu a state of balance between host and infectious agent such that the immune defense of the host is sufficient to resist further infection but insufficient to destroy the agent • Etymology: 1920–35;… …   From formal English to slang

  • premunition — A state of existing resistance of a host to infection or reinfection with a parasite; used especially in malaria epidemiology. [L. praemunitio, fortification in advance, fr. prae , + munio, to fortify] * * * pre·mu·ni·tion .prē myu̇ nish ən …   Medical dictionary

  • prémunition — (pré mu ni sion) s. f. Terme didactique. Action de prémunir.    Terme de rhétorique. Espèce de prolepse, par laquelle l orateur prépare ses auditeurs à quelque proposition qui pourrait les blesser, si elle était émise trop brusquement. ÉTYMOLOGIE …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • premunition — pre·mu·ni·tion …   English syllables

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