Iowa State University Veterinarian Records, RS 22/6/0/9, University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University, http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/arch/rgrp/22-6-0-9.html
The ability of a subject to respond to antigenic stimulation with the production of antibodies or increased sensitivity to the antigen (hypersensitivity) has been called "immunologic competence". However, the term may be used in a broader sense to describe the relative ability of an animal to establish resistance to a disease process. This concept of immunologic competence not only relates to the responsiveness of the animal to antigenic stimulation but also to other mechanisms of resistance to infectious disease.
Kaeberle, M. L.
"Colostrum and Immunologic Competence,"
Iowa State University Veterinarian: Vol. 29
, Article 4.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/iowastate_veterinarian/vol29/iss3/4