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 (ĭm′yə-nō-kŏm′pĭ-tənt, ĭ-myo͞o′-)
Having the normal bodily capacity to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen.

im′mu·no·com′pe·tence n.
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(Biology) the capacity of the immune system to carry out its function of distinguishing alien from endogenous material; ability of the body to resist disease
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Noun1.immunocompetence - the ability to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
immunodeficiency - immunological disorder in which some part of the body's immune system is inadequate and resistance to infectious diseases is reduced
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Effects of different levels of zinc on the performance and immunocompetence of broilers under heat stress.
Iron, copper and immunocompetence. Br J Nutr 2007; 98: 24-28.
All the patients in the MMR Group underwent an immunocompetence test via intradermal injection of 0.1 mL of the MMR vaccine in their forearm on one side.
Iron, copper and Immunocompetence. British Journal of Nutrition.
Effect of feeding different levels of Azolla pinnata on blood biochemicals, hematology and immunocompetence traits of Chabro chicken.
White blood cell count and Lct levels in fish can be used to detect the disturbances in the immunocompetence of fish exposed to toxicants (Brucka-Jastrzebska and Protasowiecki, 2005; Remyla et al., 2008; Schreck et al., 2016).
(23) Zinc also enhances immunocompetence (24) and resistance to the development of cancer.
Effects of different levels of organic and inorganic chromium on growth performance and immunocompetence of broilers under heat stress.
The incidence and severity of some vaccine-preventable diseases such as hepatitis B is higher in persons with altered immunocompetence. Certain vaccines such as inactivated hepatitis B vaccines are recommended specifically for persons who are immune compromised including those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the dialysis population.
The prevalence of either airway colonization or subclinical infection is unclear and may reflect both the immunocompetence of the host and specific PCR testing platform utilized.
Although some studies have examined differences in immunocompetence after embolization or splenic injury [11-14], it is not clear how PSE influences host immunity in patients with thrombocytopenia.