im·mune BrE [ɪˈmjuːn] NAmE [ɪˈmjuːn] adjective not usually before noun
1. ~ (to sth) that cannot catch or be affected by a particular disease or illness
• Adults are often immune to German measles.
2. ~ (to sth) not affected by sth
• You'll eventually become immune to criticism.
• Few men are immune to her charms.
• Our business is far from immune to economic conditions.
3. ~ (from sth) protected from sth and therefore able to avoid it
• No one should be immune from prosecution.
• Not even the President's wife was immune from criticism by the press.
[immune] late Middle English (in the sense ‘free from (a liability)’): from Latin immunis ‘exempt from public service or charge’, from in- ‘not’ + munis ‘ready for service’. Sense 1 dates from the late 19th cent.
• Children are far from immune to the virus of cruelty that is latent in all human beings.
• He is immune from prosecution as long as he is in office.
• He seems to believe that the president is somehow immune from criticism.
• Many people are immune to this disease.
• She's quite immune to criticism.
• The vaccination doesn't necessarily make you completely immune.
a person who is immune to a particular infection
1. relating to the condition of immunity
- the immune system
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|2.||(Med.) Protected from disease due to the action of the immune system, especially by having been inoculated against or previously exposed to a disease.|
|3.||(Med.) Of or pertaining to the immune system or the components of the immune system.|
|4.||Not responsive; as, immune to suggestion.|
|n.||1.||One who is immune; esp., a person who is immune from a disease by reason of previous affection with the disease or inoculation.|
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