• Question: why is it called the immune system???

    Asked by eviej26 to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Kimberley Bryon

      Kimberley Bryon answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I have no idea why it is called the immune system, perhaps it is derived from a Latin word. Any suggestions anyone?

    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      The word immune originally comes from a latin word meaning “exempt from” – it has since been used as a term for the system in our bodies which fights infection as it exempts or “protects” us from disease.

    • Photo: Sara Imari Walker

      Sara Imari Walker answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Hi evie! Looks like Amy’s got this one!!