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Autoantibody

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Autoantibody

antibody that reacts with an antigen that is a normal component of the body. Obviously this can lead to some problems and autoimmunity has been proposed as a causative factor in a number of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

See: systemic lupus erythematosus, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, myasthenia gravis.