au·​tol·​o·​gous | \ ȯ-ˈtä-lə-gəs How to pronounce autologous (audio) \

Definition of autologous

1 : derived from the same individual incubated lymphoid cells with autologous tumor cells
2 : involving one individual as both donor and recipient an autologous blood transfusion an autologous bone marrow transplant

Examples of autologous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After enduring 800 hours of chemotherapy and immunotherapy infusions, a rapid succession of 20 radiation sessions and an autologous stem cell transplant, her cancer relapsed. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Aspen Neuroscience, a San Diego biotech firm focused on autologous neuron replacement therapy to treat Parkinson disease, raised $70 million in Series A funding. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2020 Many of these clinics mimic legitimate protocols, extracting patients’ own stem cells (these are called autologous stem cell transplants), elaborately concentrating or modifying the cells, then infusing or injecting them back into the individual. David A. Pearce, STAT, 6 Feb. 2020 Neoantigens can thus jeopardize the whole strategy of autologous cell transplantation. Tobias Deuse, The Conversation, 19 Aug. 2019 Eye drops made from your own blood (autologous blood serum drops) are an option for treating severe dry eye symptoms that don’t respond to other treatments, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Dec. 2018 Typically patients with serious burns will receive an autologous skin graft, where doctors shave off a piece of healthy skin to cover the injured area. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018 About 60% of patients undergo an autologous transplant, in which their own stem cells are used for the treatment. Ron Winslow, WSJ, 28 May 2018 These involve autologous cells, taken from the patient, and minimally manipulated. Bradley J. Fikes,, 17 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of autologous

circa 1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autologous

aut- + -ologous (as in homologous)

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The first known use of autologous was circa 1911

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“Autologous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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au·​tol·​o·​gous | \ ȯ-ˈtäl-ə-gəs How to pronounce autologous (audio) \

Medical Definition of autologous

1 : derived from the same individual autologous grafts incubated lymphoid cells with autologous tumor cells — compare heterologous sense 1, homologous sense 2a
2 : involving one individual as both donor and recipient (as of blood) autologous transfusion autologous bone marrow transplants


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