Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 9 years ago

what are non-specific and specific immunity's in biology terms, 'Medical'?

the information on the internet is always to in depth or not what i need. if you could explain and give 3-4 examples of each, that'd be great! Thanks

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  • 9 years ago
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    Non-Speciffic immunity are things that prevent all infection no matter what it might be. This type of immunity includes your skin, mucus, and special cells call neutrophils which attack all foreign particles in the body. It also includes a special type of protein called complement that your body releases when it feels its being invaded, and certain reactions like swelling and fever.

    Specific immunity is how the body reacts to certain invaders. It involved the release of antibodies and the action of special cells called B and T cells. When you gain immunity from an illness by getting sick that is specific immunity, that's why you cant get the same strain of flu twice in one year. When you get a vaccine that is also specific immunity.

  • 9 years ago

    Non-specific immunity: skin barrier, cilia in the windpipe, mucus, lysozyme in tears, complement proteins in the blood, innate immune cells such as neutrophils, mast cells, macrophages, monocytes, natural killer cells.

    Specific immunity: antibodies produced by plasma cells, cytotoxic T cells.

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