Monday, October 19, 2015

Word of the day: anergy

The word of the day is anergy:

  1. Pathology. deficiency of energy.
  2. Immunology. lack of immunity to an antigen.

"In a nation obsessed with cancer, the attribution of a vast preponderance of a major cancer to a single, preventable cause might have been expected to provoke a powerful and immediate response.  But front-page coverage notwithstanding, the reaction in Washington was extraordinarily anergic."

 - Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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