noun Immunology.

any antigen-bearing foreign material that enters the body and normally stimulates an attack by the body's immune system (distinguished from self).

Nearby words

  1. nonscheduled,
  2. nonscientific,
  3. nonsecretor,
  4. nonsectarian,
  5. nonselective,
  6. nonself-antigen,
  7. nonsense,
  8. nonsense correlation,
  9. nonsense syllable,
  10. nonsense triplet

Origin of nonself

First recorded in 1870–75; non- + self Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for nonself




That which the immune system identifies as foreign to the body.

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