auto-immunity

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auto-immunity An immune reaction in an organism in which the same individual acts as the source of both antigens and antibodies. While it may arise as a result of a pathological and therefore undesirable condition, it is also an integral part of the mechanism in the body for eliminating unwanted cells (e.g. old erythrocytes).

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