of or relating to the of an organism against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.
Contemporary Examples

Nightshades have been associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions and headaches.
Pizza Might Be Your Enemy Daniela Drake March 8, 2014

Ten years ago I bought a catastrophic policy for even less than that, despite an autoimmune disease and raging asthma.
Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much? Megan McArdle June 3, 2013

The Andrews family had already lost a daughter to an autoimmune disease in 1999.
The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl Michael Daly June 3, 2014

Prednisone is often used to combat the inflammation brought on by autoimmune diseases.
Inspired by Ashley Judd, My Own ‘Puffy Face’ Saga Kelly Bergin April 12, 2012

This autoimmune disorder, which affects about seven in 10,000 people, causes numbness and pain in the limbs and imbalance walking.
Drums Aren’t Just for Music: They’re Therapy, Too Dale Eisinger July 20, 2014

I am a 28 year old female who suffer from the autoimmune disease lupus.
Your Puffy-Face Moments, Inspired by Ashley Judd April 12, 2012

That means women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and anyone with an autoimmune disease should probably avoid these cleanses.
Is Your Juice Cleanse Doing More Harm Than Good? DailyBurn February 10, 2014

As a child she struggled with an autoimmune disease, spending many years at home in a wheelchair.
Inside Congo’s Floating Hospital Danielle Shapiro March 1, 2011

The thing is that autoimmune diseases—like diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis—are on the rise.
New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases Daniela Drake March 26, 2014

Crazy people who gloated about my being uninsured, and afflicted by an autoimmune disease.
The Non-Problem that ObamaCare Didn’t Fix Megan McArdle September 18, 2012

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

1952, from auto- + immune.

autoimmune au·to·im·mune (ô’tō-ĭ-myōōn’)
Of or relating to an immune response against one of the body’s own tissues or cells.
au’to·im·mu’ni·ty n.
au’to·im’mu·ni·za’tion (-ĭm’yə-nə-zā’shən) n.


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