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Definition of Immunocompetent

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Immunocompetent: Able to develop an immune response. An immunocompetent body is able to
recognize antigens and act against them. Immuno-
competent is the opposite of immunodeficient.

Reviewed on 12/12/2018

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