Definition of immune deficiency in English:

immune deficiency


mass noun
  • Failure of the immune system to protect the body adequately from infection, due to the absence or insufficiency of some component process or substance.

    ‘severe immune deficiency caused by a genetic defect’
    count noun ‘serums to treat immune deficiencies’
    • ‘These include immune deficiency diseases such as HIV / AIDS and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, emphysema or diabetes.’
    • ‘These compounds adversely affect the immune system, primarily causing cell-mediated immune deficiency, allergy, and autoimmunity.’
    • ‘He adds that the compound has also been linked to immune deficiency, birth defects, nervous-system disorders, disruption of the endocrine system, liver damage, blood diseases, and skin problems.’
    • ‘Dysfunctions of these proteins result in several diseases such as cancer, diabetes, immune deficiencies, and cardiovascular diseases.’
    • ‘Causes of immune deficiency include autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and human immunodeficiency virus infection.’
    • ‘For the same reasons, toxoplasmosis may be a severe disorder in people with immune deficiency, either from HIV / AIDS or from another cause, with tissue destruction in the brain, lungs and heart caused by the rapidly spreading organisms.’
    • ‘Entry may be, for example, via a skin wound, inhalation, ingestion, or sexual intercourse, and may be facilitated by immune deficiency or loss of the normal organisms living on the body, for instance after a course of antibiotics.’
    • ‘If the scientists come back and say this virus is part of the variety of things from which people acquire immune deficiency, I have no problem with that.’
    • ‘Of note, the viral load appears to be lower in women than in men early in HIV infection, but as immune deficiency advances, gender differences generally disappear.’
    • ‘Your child's doctor may test for SCID or other types of immune deficiency if your baby exhibits any of these signs within the first year of life.’
    • ‘The physician should review the child's history to identify any underlying cardiac or pulmonary diseases, immune deficiencies, or neuromuscular disorders.’
    • ‘However, in 2000, researchers in France reported that gene transfer had positive results in two infants with a type of inherited immune deficiency.’
    • ‘A doctor in Philadelphia was able insert stem cells into a baby in the womb and cure the baby's immune deficiency disease, commonly known as the ‘bubble boy syndrome,’ before birth.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the AIDS virus immune deficiency doesn't really lead to problems with colds.’
    • ‘These cells were able to partially rescue the immune systems of mice suffering from complete immune deficiency.’
    • ‘Infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae is a leading cause of illness in young children and of illness and death in elderly people and people with immune deficiencies and chronic illness.’
    • ‘There was no evidence of diabetes mellitus or immune deficiency.’
    • ‘Symptoms such as stomach trouble, pneumonia and TB are taken to be the ultimate illness rather than the underlying immune deficiency.’
    • ‘The immune deficiency is a relatively specific one.’
    • ‘The immune deficiency that the boy had was severe and life-threatening itself, so the experimental therapy provided him at least some hope.’