Definition of "autoimmune disease" [autoimmune disease]
Any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues(noun)
WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.
Use "autoimmune disease" in a sentence
"Environmental contaminant trichloroethylene promotes autoimmune disease and inhibits T cell apoptosis in MRL+/+ mice."
"In a 1990 Pennsylvania study, cases of polymyositis, an autoimmune disease of the muscles, resulting in severe muscle weakness, more than tripled between 1973 and 1982."
"According to Fairweather, all animal models of autoimmune disease that are not induced by genetic mutations are induced by inoculation of mice with self-peptides like myelin from the myelin sheaths along with adjuvant, or peptides from a bacteria or virus."