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Pathogens

Pathogens

Author: Aaron Mullally
Description:

This lesson will give an overview of the body's three lines of defense against a pathogen.

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Terms to Know
Adaptive Immunity

Also known as specific immunity, adaptive immunity is carried out by T & B lymphocytes and reacts to specific antigens of cells; adaptive immunity also produces memory cells to target the same pathogen if we are ever exposed to it again.

Innate Immunity

Also known as non-specific immunity, innate immunity consists of general physiologic responses (fever, inflammation, etc.) that can affect the entire body.

Pathogen

Any disease-causing agent that we are exposed to (bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, etc.)

Physical Barriers

Consists of skin and mucous membranes, physical barriers are our first line of defense against pathogens. Physical barriers are part of our non-specific immunity.