Innate v. Acquired Immunity

by Cathy Parkes September 24, 2020 Updated: December 29, 2021

Innate vs. Acquired Immunity. Innate Immunity: Defense mechanisms in the body that respond immediately to all antigens. Acquired Immunity: Body produces antibodies in response to a specific antigen through the action of B and T lymphocytes.

Innate Immunity

Defense mechanisms (i.e. barriers) in the body that respond immediately to all antigens.

Acquired Immunity

Body produces antibodies in response to a specific antigen through the action of B and T lymphocytes.

In our Medical-Surgical Nursing video series on the immune system, Cathy covers innate immunity and acquired immunity in more detail. These concepts are also covered in our Medical-Surgical Nursing Flashcards.

To learn more about the difference between innate and acquired immunity, check out our video on the immune system.


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