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au·toim·mu·ni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autoimmunitynoun

    production of antibodies against the tissues of your own body; produces autoimmune disease or hypersensitivity reactions

Wiktionary

  1. autoimmunitynoun

    The condition where one's immune system attacks one's own tissues, i.e., an autoimmune disorder.

    Etymology: From auto + immune response + -y.

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  1. Autoimmunity

    Autoimmunity is the failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. Prominent examples include Celiac disease, diabetes mellitus type 1, Sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren's syndrome, Churg-Strauss Syndrome, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves' disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Addison's Disease, rheumatoid arthritis and allergies. Autoimmune diseases are very often treated with steroids. The misconception that an individual's immune system is totally incapable of recognizing self antigens is not new. Paul Ehrlich, at the beginning of the twentieth century, proposed the concept of horror autotoxicus, wherein a 'normal' body does not mount an immune response against its own tissues. Thus, any autoimmune response was perceived to be abnormal and postulated to be connected with human disease. Now, it is accepted that autoimmune responses are an integral part of vertebrate immune systems, normally prevented from causing disease by the phenomenon of immunological tolerance to self-antigens. Autoimmunity should not be confused with alloimmunity.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Autoimmunity

    Process whereby the immune system reacts against the body's own tissues. Autoimmunity may produce or be caused by AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of autoimmunity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of autoimmunity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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