Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

self–tolerance

play
noun self–tol·er·ance \-ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s, -ˈtäl-rən(t)s\

Definition of self–tolerance

  1. :  the physiological state that exists in an organism when its immune system has proceeded far enough in the process of self-recognition to lose the capacity to attack and destroy its own bodily constituents



1964

First Known Use of self–tolerance

1964


Medical Dictionary

self–tolerance

play
noun self–tol·er·ance \ˈself-ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s\

Medical Definition of self–tolerance

  1. :  the physiological state that exists in a developing organism when its immune system has proceeded far enough in the process of self-recognition to lose the capacity to attack and destroy its own bodily constituents—called also horror autotoxicus




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up self–tolerance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ