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innate immunity

The capacity of a normal organism to remain unaffected by microorganisms and their toxins. It results from the presence of naturally occurring anti-infective agents, constitutional factors such as body temperature and immediate acting immune cells such as natural killer cells.
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  • natural immunity
  • innate immune system
  • innate immune response
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