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 Definition The failure of an organism to recognize its own constituent parts (down to the sub-molecular levels) as "self", which results in an immune response against its own cells and tissues. [d] [e]
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I am beginning to edit this article from the Wikipedia version. My goal is to have an accurate and readable reference that primarily serves the person who has an autoimmune disease and wants to learn more about the nature of auto-immunity. Additionally, the article should be a true and reasonably complete summary of autoimmunity from a scientific standpoint. It is important to use plain language in the beginning, and to define any technical terms in plain language at the time of first use - or soon after. Nancy Sculerati MD