autoimmunity

autoimmune

[aw-toh-i-myoon]
adjective Immunology.
of or pertaining to the immune response of an organism against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.

Origin:
1950–55; auto-1 + immune

autoimmunity, noun
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autoimmune (ˌɔːtəʊɪˈmjuːn)
 
adj
(of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body
 
autoim'munity
 
n

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autoimmune au·to·im·mune (ô'tō-ĭ-myōōn')
adj.
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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autoimmunity

the state in which the immune system reacts against the body's own normal components, producing disease or functional changes

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