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Autoimmune disease

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noun, plural: autoimmune diseases

A type of disease as a result of an immune response of the body against own tissue, cell, or cell components


An autoimmune disease is a disease due to a high level of autoimmunity. In general, the body's immune cells would carry out a set of immune response against pathogenic microbes or antigens that gained entry into the body. These responses include antibody production, induction of cell-mediated immunity, complement activation, etc. There are instances wherein the body's immune cells engage in a high level autoimmune response that they attack the body's own tissues, cells, or cell components. Thus, diseases may arise as a result.

Some of the diseases or disorders resulting from autoimmunity are as follows:

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