adjective Immunology.

of or relating to the immune response of an organism against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.

Nearby words

  1. autohemotherapy,
  2. autohypnosis,
  3. autoicous,
  4. autoignition,
  5. autoignition point,
  6. autoimmune disease,
  7. autoimmune hemolytic anemia,
  8. autoimmunization,
  9. autoimmunocytopenia,
  10. autoinfection

Origin of autoimmune

First recorded in 1950–55; auto-1 + immune

Related formsau·to·im·mu·ni·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autoimmune



(of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body
Derived Formsautoimmunity, noun

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Word Origin and History for autoimmune



1952, from auto- + immune.

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Medicine definitions for autoimmune




Of or relating to an immune response by the body against one of its own tissues, cells, or molecules.
Related formsau′to•im•muni•ty′to•im′mu•ni•zation (-ĭm′yə-nə-zāshən) n.

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