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antibody production by an organism in response to and against any of its own tissues, cells, or cell components.


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  • Autoinoculation

    of a healthy part with an infective agent from a diseased part of the same body. noun the inoculation of microorganisms (esp viruses) from one part of the body into another, usually in the form of a vaccine autoinoculation au·to·in·oc·u·la·tion (ô’tō-ĭ-nŏk’yə-lā’shən) n. A secondary infection originating from the site of an infection already present in […]

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    . noun (physics) the process in which spontaneous decay of excited atoms or molecules results in emission of electrons, rather than photons

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