Medical Dictionary: Autoimmune conditions


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Autoimmune conditions: Another name for Autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune conditions (condition): Disease caused by a malfunctioning immune system leading to self-attacks or self-stimulation of other body cells.

Autoimmune conditions: The word "auto" is the Greek word for self. The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components (called molecules) that normally work to defend the body and eliminate infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other invading microbes. If a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks self, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's own body. A collection of immune system cells and molecules at a target site is broadly referred to as inflammation. 1

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1. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID

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