Medical Dictionary: Autoimmunity
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Autoimmunity: Another name for Autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmunity (condition): Disease caused by a malfunctioning immune system leading to self-attacks or self-stimulation of other body cells.
Autoimmunity: 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.
More information on medical condition: Autoimmune diseases:
- Introduction: Autoimmune diseases
- Basic Summary for Autoimmune diseases
- Types of Autoimmune diseases
- Treatments for Autoimmune diseases
1. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID
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