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

First recorded in 1950–55; auto-1 + immune
Related formsau·to·im·mu·ni·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autoimmune


  1. (of a disease) caused by the action of antibodies produced against substances normally present in the body
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Derived Formsautoimmunity, noun
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Word Origin and History for autoimmune


1952, from auto- + immune.

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autoimmune in Medicine


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