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Ch 1: Elements of the Immune System

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The Elements of the Immune System chapter of this Immunology: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master elements of the immune system. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essential elements of the immune system.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding elements of the immune system
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Elements of the Immune System chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an elements of the immune system unit of a standard immunology course. Topics covered include:

  • The anatomical barriers of the immune system
  • Definition of inflammation and its causes and symptoms
  • Types and functions of granulocytes
  • Cells of the innate immune system
  • The definition and function of the complement system
  • Definition and components of the lymphatic system

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Elements of the Immune System
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

1. What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the immune system. You'll learn about the innate and adaptive immune system, Edward Jenner, haptens and immune tolerance.

The Anatomical Barriers of the Immune System

2. The Anatomical Barriers of the Immune System

This lesson will cover the major anatomical barriers to infection of the innate immune system. We'll explore skin flora, gut flora, gastric acid, lysozymes, and the mucociliary apparatus.

What Is Inflammation? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

3. What Is Inflammation? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

This lesson will cover the process of inflammation and what your body might do after a bee sting. We'll find out the five cardinal signs of inflammation as well as anaphylactic shock, histamine and cytokines in the process.

Granulocytes: Types and Functions

4. Granulocytes: Types and Functions

In this lesson, you will learn what a leukocyte, granulocyte, neutrophil, eosinophil, and basophil are. You'll also learn about the importance of phagocytosis and chemotaxis.

Macrophages, Killer Cells & Other Cells of the Innate Immune System

5. Macrophages, Killer Cells & Other Cells of the Innate Immune System

This lesson will teach you about certain white blood cells of the innate immune system. Namely, we'll learn about phagocytes, monocytes, macrophages, mast cells, and NK cells.

The Complement System: Definition and Function

6. The Complement System: Definition and Function

This lesson will cover something known as the complement system. We'll delve into the key functions of this system, including opsonization, chemotaxis, and the formation of membrane attack complexes.

The Lymphatic System: Definition and Fundamental Components

7. The Lymphatic System: Definition and Fundamental Components

This lesson will cover something known as the lymphatic system. You'll learn about bone marrow, lymph, the thymus, lymph nodes, spleen, and much more as we explore this critical component of your immune system.

What Are Monocytes? - Definition, Function & Blood Test

8. What Are Monocytes? - Definition, Function & Blood Test

In this lesson, you will learn about the white blood cells called monocytes, how they function in the immune system to fight germs and the causes of abnormal blood tests.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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