/ɪmjənoʊdəˈfɪʃənsi/ (say imyuhnohduh'fishuhnsee)

noun Medicine
an impairment in the autoimmune system caused especially by a lack of white blood cells and resulting in reduced immunity to infection.
immunodeficient, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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