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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
First recorded in 1950-55; auto-1 + immune
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autoimmunity, noun Unabridged
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(of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body
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autoimmunity, noun
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Word Origin and History for autoimmune

1952, from auto- + immune.

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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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