[ aw-toh-an-ti-bod-ee, -an-tee- ]

noun,plural au·to·an·ti·bod·ies.Immunology.
  1. an antibody that an organism produces against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.

Origin of autoantibody

First recorded in 1905–10; auto-1 + antibody

Words Nearby autoantibody Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use autoantibody in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for autoantibody


/ (ˌɔːtəʊˈæntɪˌbɒdɪ) /

nounplural -bodies
  1. an antibody reacting with an antigen that is a part of the organism in which the antibody is formed

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Scientific definitions for autoantibody


[ ô′tō-ăntĭ-bŏd′ē ]

  1. An antibody that reacts with the cells, tissues, or native proteins of the individual in which it is produced. Autoimmune diseases are caused by the presence of autoantibodies.

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