Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_462



Immunity (Latin: immunitas, “freedom from”) describes a state of adequate defense against infection, i.e., bodily invasion by microorganisms. Immunity is established by the activities of the immune system (see entry on “ Immune Function”). Immunity also used to describe a state of adequate defense against neoplasms (cancers) insofar the immune system is involved. The entry on “ Immune Function” provides further details on the main types of immunity (innate and adaptive) and mechanisms by which the immune system establishes a state of immunity. Further information can be found in Abbas, Lichtman, and Pillai (2012) and Murphy (2011).


References and Readings

  1. Abbas, K. A., Lichtman, A. L., & Pillai, S. (2012). Cellular and molecular immunology (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier, Saunders.Google Scholar
  2. Murphy, K. (2011). Janeway’s immunobiology (8th ed.). London: Taylor & Francis.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyFaculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands