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humoral immunity

 

Definition: immunity associated with circulating antibodies, in contradistinction to cellular immunity. The inherent range of activity of antibody specificities is wide but proliferation of antigen-specific B cells occurs rapidly during infections leading to rapid increases in antibody titers with enhanced affinity for the inciting agent, and a more effective and directed response.

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