[ non-self ]
/ nɒnˈsɛlf /

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).

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

[ nŏn-sĕlf ]


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