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autoimmune

[ aw-toh-i-myoon ]

adjective

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


autoimmune

/ ˌɔːtəʊɪˈmjuːn /

adjective

  1. (of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body


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Derived Forms

  • ˌautoimˈmunity, noun
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Other Words From

  • auto·im·muni·ty noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of autoimmune1

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

Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives and people with autoimmune conditions.

I’ve had my blood drawn and scanned for Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.

She had hoped that serving on the committee would give her insight into the care received by her daughter, Zainab Edwards, who is deaf, has autoimmune encephalitis and suffers from seizures.

They include treatments for many cancers, autoimmune disorders, and rare diseases.

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She frequently wrote exemptions for patients with a family history of autoimmune diseases – which goes against guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatricians.

This autoimmune disorder, which affects about seven in 10,000 people, causes numbness and pain in the limbs and imbalance walking.

The Andrews family had already lost a daughter to an autoimmune disease in 1999.

This may cause a negative autoimmune response, and inhibits proper digestion and nutrient absorption.

The thing is that autoimmune diseases—like diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis—are on the rise.

Nightshades have been associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions and headaches.

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