Impervious vs Immune - What's the difference?

impervious | immune |


As adjectives the difference between impervious and immune

is that impervious is unaffected or unable to be affected by while immune is exempt; not subject to.

As a noun immune is

(epidemiology) a person who is not susceptible to infection by a particular disease.

As a verb immune is

to make immune.

impervious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Unaffected or unable to be affected by.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.}}
  • Preventive of any penetration; impenetrable, impermeable, particularly of water.
  • Immune to damage or effect.
  • Antonyms

    * pervious

    Derived terms

    * imperviously * imperviousness

    immune

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Exempt; not subject to.
  • * '>citation
  • Protected by inoculation, or due to innate resistance to pathogens.
  • (by extension) Not vulnerable.
  • (medicine) Of or pertaining to the immune system.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.}}

    Antonyms

    * susceptible * vulnerable

    Derived terms

    * autoimmune

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (epidemiology) A person who is not susceptible to infection by a particular disease
  • * {{quote-book, 1965, , Bacterial and Mycotic Infections of Man, editors=Rene J. Dubos & James G. Hirsch citation
  • , passage=Susceptibles effectively exposed to cases become cases in the next time period; cases recovering from the infection accumulate as immunes .}}

    Coordinate terms

    * infective * susceptible

    Verb

    (immun)
  • To make immune.
  • * (Thomas Hardy)
  • In the seventies those who met me did not know / Of the vision / That immuned me from the chillings of mis-prision
  • * 1905 , American Veterinary Medical Association, Journal (volume 29, page 42)
  • The utilization of such milk will, however, necessitate an adaptable milk preservation method, through which the immuning agents will not be destroyed or diminished.
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