Acute infection - shows their symptoms immediately and dissipates quickly.

 

Amino acid - organic nitrogenous compounds that act as the structure of proteins and are synthesized or obtained by cells as a regular diet.

 

Antibody - proteins created in blood and tissue by the immune system to help neutralize and destroy possible threats.

 

Antigen - a toxin or enzyme which stimulates reactions from a body's immune system.

 

Antigenicity - The ability of an antigen to combine with antibodies and T-cell receptors to invoke a reaction from the immune system.

 

Autoimmune diseases diseases caused when the immune system turns on itself because it fails to recognize its own cells.

 

B lymphocyte cells - bursa-dependent; manufactured in the bone; identify antigens and produce antibodies.

 

Bacteriophages - viruses that infect and kill harmful bacteria.

 

Base pair - a twin pair of nucleotides contained in a nucleic acid strand, which are linked together by hydrogen bonds.

 

Body fluids - fluids of the body, including circulating blood and lymph, the chyle, the gastric, pancreatic, and intestinal juices, the saliva, bile, urine, aqueous humor, and muscle serum

 

Budding - mature viruses leave a cell slowly, a few at a time, not killing the host cell in the process.

 

Bursa - a tissue space lined by joint tissue; bursas are found in between tendon and bone, skin and bone and muscles.

 

Carrier - one who carries a virus either in form of an infection or while it is in incubation.

 

Caspid - The protein outer covering of a virus made up of capsomeres; stimulates the body's immune response.

 

Cell - a small, enclosed unit containing the DNA, proteins, and chemicals needed for all life functions.

 

Chromosomes - a DNA containing body that holds most or all of the genes of an individual life form.

 

Chronic infection - recurring viral infections that cause damage of cells over a long period of time by disrupting their functions.

 

CNS - the central nervous system, which is comprised of nerves, the brain and the spinal cord.

 

Connective tissue - tissue that surrounds other more highly ordered tissues and organs; blood, cartilage and bone.

 

Cytoskeleton - protein filaments that extend through the cytoplasm of cells and enable them to move and change shape.

 

DNA - deoxyribonucleic acid, the basic component of all living matter, which is contained in the chromosomes of a cell's nucleus; transmits hereditary information and contains gene sequences.

 

Differentiated - a type of cell, which specializes in one specific task or has one specific purpose.

 

Dormant - being in a state of suspended animation, not actively growing but protected from the environment.

 

Electron Microscopy - an imaging method, which uses a focused beam of electrons to enlarge the image of an object on a screen or photographic plate.

 

Endocytosis - the process in which cells take in fluids or other large molecules.

 

Enzyme - a type of protein, which catalyzes the reactions between substrates (substances).

 

Filovirus - The thread-like virus family which includes such viruses as Ebola and Marburg; very deadly.

 

Genes - a sequence of DNA or RNA that is located on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission of traits and function of other genetic material.

 

Glycoprotein - a compound produced by mixing a protein with any member of a carbohydrate group.

 

Helper T cells - coordinate the actual immune response of the body; they let other T cells and B cells do their jobs.

 

Hemorrhagic fever - a condition characterized by non-stop internal or external bleeding resulting from a viral infection which has caused blood vessel damage.

 

Hereditary material - material responsible for the transmission of qualities from ancestor to descendant through genes.

 

Host - a living organism, which provides subsistence or lodgment to a parasite.

 

Humoral immune response - the immune responses mediated by antibodies.

 

Inactivated vaccine - dead microorganisms used as antigens to produce immunity.

 

Inclusion bodies - strange and unusual structures found inside a host cell during virus replication.

 

Infection - the state produced by the presence of an infective agent in or on a suitable host.

 

Immune System - A body function designed to defend the body from disease causing microorganisms.

 

Immunity - the condition of being immune, the protection against infectious disease.

 

Latent infection - viral infection in which the virus responsible is able to avoid the hosts immune system and defenses.

 

Leukocytes - the majority of the specialized cells used in the immune system; white blood cells.

 

Lipid - a fatty and oily compound used by cells as energy reserves and material for structure.

 

Lymph nodes - small bean-shaped organ made up large numbers of lymphocytes, macrophages and accessory cells located along the lymphatic system

 

Lymphoid tissue - tissue made up white blood cells and special fibers.

 

Lysis - the cell membrane of a host is completely destroyed and newly replicated viruses are unleashed instantaneously.

 

Macrophage - contains lysosomes full of special enzymes and chemicals, which allows it to ingest and digest dangerous microbes

 

Memory cells - keep the body prepared for the next struggle with antigens that have already been encountered.

 

mRNA (messenger RNA) - used as the carrier of genetic codes and information directly from DNA to cell structures.

 

Mutation - a rearrangement of genes or change in base pairs so they produce different effects within their environment.

 

Nanometer - One-millionth of a millimeter.

 

Nucleic acid - an organic compound made up of a phosphoric acid, a carbohydrate and a base of purine or pyrimidine; formed in helical chains.

 

Nucleus - a cellular organelle that is the essential control mechanism for cell function; contains the DNA and genetic material.

 

Origin - location where the process of replication in a nucleic acid begins.

 

Parasite - an organism living in or on another organism that depends on its host for existence or support and gives nothing in return.

 

Pathogenesis - the growth and development of a disease.

 

 

Prion - an infectious crystallizing protein, which affects the brain.

 

Proteins - strands of amino acids which make the enzymes and structures needed for cells to grow and function properly.

 

RNA (ribonucleic acid) - strings of organic material, obtained from DNA, which store the proper instructions necessary to produce amino acids.

 

Receptor - a structure on a cell which joins with proteins to produce changes in cellular function.

 

Replication - the action or process of reproducing exact copies of one's self.

 

Retrovirus - An RNA virus that converts its RNA into DNA by means of the enzyme reverse transcriptase and integrates itself directly into the host's DNA.

 

Reverse transciptase - special enzyme which allows retroviruses to translate genetic code from RNA to DNA.

 

Ribosome - the spherical structure that assembles proteins after being fed the genetic instructions by mRNA.

 

Spleen - an organ that produces lymphocytes, filters the blood, and stores blood cells

 

Strain - a specific type, quality, or disposition of a material.

 

Suppressor T cells - monitor and adjust antibody levels in the body; act as suppressors to counteract the Helper and Killer T cells at the end of infections.

 

Thymus - The lymphoid organ in which T lymphocytes are educated, mature and multiply.

 

T lymphocyte cells - thymus dependent cells, coordinate the cell-mediated immune system.

 

Transcription - constructing a mRNA molecule using a DNA molecule as a template; results in the transfer of genetic information to the mRNA.

 

Vaccine - Weakened or destroyed microorganisms used to help provide immunity to a certain disease or microorganism and to stimulate the production of antibodies.

 

Variant - a variation of a particular strain of virus or infective agent; slightly different in form or function.

 

Vector - anything capable of moving or transferring genetic material.

 

Viroid - exotic type of virus which only infects plant cells and is simply a group of naked strings of amino acids with no covering.

 

Virus - infectious organism that replicates itself in the cells of a host; viruses have a half alive/half dead existence and need a host to grow and reproduce.