self-lim·​it·​ing ˌself-ˈli-mə-tiŋ How to pronounce self-limiting (audio)
: limiting oneself or itself
especially, of a disease : self-limited

Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-limiting was in 1679

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Cite this Entry

“Self-limiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


self-lim·​it·​ing -ət-iŋ How to pronounce self-limiting (audio)
: self-limited
a self-limiting disease
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