non·self | \ ˌnän-ˈself , Southern also -ˈsef \

Definition of nonself 

: material that is foreign to the body of an organism

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Immunology—her academic specialty—hinges on an essentially military metaphor of distinction between self and nonself: The immune system protects the homeland by destroying invaders. Gabriel Winant, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement," 23 May 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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non·self | \ ˈnän-ˈself \

Medical Definition of nonself 

: material that is foreign to the body of an organism

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nonself adjective

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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