autoimmune
adjective Date: 1952 of, relating to, or caused by autoantibodies or T cells that attack molecules, cells, or tissues of the organism producing them <
autoimmune diseases
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autoimmunity nounautoimmunization noun

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  • autoimmune — (adj.) 1952, from AUTO (Cf. auto ) + IMMUNE (Cf. immune) …   Etymology dictionary

  • autoimmune — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of disease) caused by antibodies or lymphocytes produced against substances naturally present in the body …   English terms dictionary

  • autoimmune — [ôt΄ōi myo͞on′] adj. initiating or resulting from the production of autoantibodies, sometimes with damage to normal components of the body autoimmunity n …   English World dictionary

  • autoimmune — Adjective describing a situation in which the immune system responds to normal components of the body. Several diseases are thought to have an autoimmune component, but it is often not clear whether this is causative …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • autoimmune — Cells and/or antibodies arising from and directed against the individual s own tissues, as in a. disease. * * * au·to·im·mune im yün adj of, relating to, or caused by antibodies or T cells that attack molecules, cells, or tissues of the organism… …   Medical dictionary

  • autoimmune — adj. Autoimmune is used with these nouns: ↑disease …   Collocations dictionary

  • autoimmune — au|to|im|mune [ ,ɔtouı mjun ] adjective relating to conditions and diseases in which the body s IMMUNE SYSTEM (=parts of the body that fight disease) attacks normal cells: research into autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • autoimmune — UK [ˌɔːtəʊɪˈmjuːn] / US [ˌɔtoʊɪˈmjun] adjective medical relating to conditions and diseases in which normal cells are attacked by someone s immune system (= parts of the body that fight disease) an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis …   English dictionary

  • autoimmune — /ɔtoʊəˈmjun/ (say awtohuh myoohn) adjective 1. of or relating to the autoimmune system. 2. of or relating to a disease which involves an attack by antibodies or lymphocytes on parts of the body itself, as if they were foreign matter. Also, auto… …   Australian English dictionary

  • autoimmune — autoimmunity, n. /aw toh i myoohn /, adj. Immunol. of or pertaining to the immune response of an organism against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components. [1950 55; AUTO 1 + IMMUNE] * * * …   Universalium

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