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[aw-toh-i-myoon] /ˌɔ toʊ ɪˈmyun/
adjective, Immunology
of or relating to the immune response of an organism against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.
Origin of autoimmune
1950-55; auto-1 + immune
Related forms
autoimmunity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for autoimmune
  • Conversely, adding them back can make them less likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases.
  • It is an autoimmune disorder, which means the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
  • autoimmune disease treatment is based on the specific problem.
  • It is an autoimmune condition in which white blood cells destroy the pancreas's insulin-producing cells.
  • autoimmune or inflammatory disorders may also cause fevers.
  • But for the majority of patients with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disorder, the decision is not so obvious.
  • It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
  • Immune-suppressing drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders may also increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Uveitis is chronic inflammation in the eye, which is often caused by an autoimmune disease or response.
British Dictionary definitions for autoimmune


(of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body
Derived Forms
autoimmunity, noun
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Word Origin and History for autoimmune

1952, from auto- + immune.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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autoimmune in Medicine

autoimmune au·to·im·mune (ô'tō-ĭ-myōōn')
Of or relating to an immune response against one of the body's own tissues or cells.

au'to·im·mu'ni·ty n.
au'to·im'mu·ni·za'tion (-ĭm'yə-nə-zā'shən) n.
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