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immunologyImmunologie (ger.)

  • The study of the phenomena of immunity; the branch of science concerned with the structure and function of the immune system. (OED 2011)

    In accordance with the current usage in the case of agglutinins and other terms employed in immunology we may speak of opsonins for bacteria and for red corpuscles as bacteriopsonins and hemopsonins, respectively.

    Hektoen, L. (1906). Phagocytosis and opsonins. Journal of the American Medical Association 46, 1407-1416: 1409.


    Our knowledge of the mechanism of invasion and healing in pneumococcus infections generally, and more particularly in lobar pneumonia, is as yet very incomplete. To penetrate more deeply into such mechanism and to apply newer developments in immunology, the result primarily of the researches of Wright and Douglas, is the object of this investigation.

    Rosenow, E.C. (1906). The rôle of phagocytosis in the pneumococcidal action of pneumonic blood. J. Infectious Diseases 3, 683-700: 683.

Moulin, A.-M. (1983). De l’analyse au système: le développement de l’immunologie. Revue d’histoire des sciences 36, 49-67.

Parish, H.J. (1965). A History of Immunization.