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 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, "The drama at WeWork since SoftBank scrapped their $3 billion deal," 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, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 Neoantigens can thus jeopardize the whole strategy of autologous cell transplantation. Tobias Deuse, The Conversation, "Stem cells could regenerate organs – but only if the body won’t reject them," 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, "So Your Doctor Says You Have Dry Eye? Here Are 8 Treatment Options to Know," 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, "This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims," 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, "New Promise for Bone-Marrow Transplants," 28 May 2018 These involve autologous cells, taken from the patient, and minimally manipulated. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Baby Boomers turn to stem cells for help with painful joints," 17 July 2017 Because the procedure uses autologous cells, which are cells from the patient's own body, there's little to no chance of rejection by the body's immune system. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, "Patient uses fat stem cells to repair his wrist," 22 May 2017

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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 12 May. 2021.

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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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