Hong, Richard Genetics Laboratory, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Development of competent immunity
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- Tests of immune function
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A state wherein the immune mechanisms are inadequate in their ability to perform their normal function, that is, the elimination of foreign materials (usually infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi). Immune mechanisms are also responsible for the rejection of transplanted organs. The processes described above are accomplished by white blood cells known as lymphocytes, of which there are two major types, T lymphocytes (thymus-derived) and B lymphocytes (bone marrow–derived). See also: Cellular immunology
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