autoantigen

autoantigen

[aw-toh-an-ti-juhn, -jen]
noun Immunology.
an antigen of one's own cells or cell products.
Also called self-antigen.


Origin:
auto-1 + antigen

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autoantigen au·to·an·ti·gen (ô'tō-ān'tĭ-jən)
n.
A tissue constituent that evokes an immune response to the host's tissues.

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