self-recognition

noun

self-rec·​og·​ni·​tion ˌself-ˌre-kig-ˈni-shən How to pronounce self-recognition (audio)
-kəg-
1
: recognition of one's own self
2
: the process by which the immune system of an organism distinguishes between the body's own chemicals, cells, and tissues and those of foreign organisms and agents

Examples of self-recognition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lent is a time of preparation and self-recognition prior to Easter. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2024 Even for members of this elite group, self-recognition is no instant achievement. Karen Wright, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Still, the findings suggest self-recognition might not be as exclusive as previously thought. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 And this is not a matter of insincerity, as if shtick were masking a hidden core of authenticity; rather, performance emerges as the very essence of social life and of self-recognition. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2023 Such a response is regarded by scientists as proof of self-recognition; that the ants can see themselves. Philip Lymbery, Time, 27 July 2023 Although self-recognition is generally thought of as a visual ability, some animals, such as dogs, primarily rely on scent rather than sight. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 These leadership skills of self-recognition and acceptance, intuition, inter-/intrapersonal communication and self-compassion are essential conversations that everyone should be having. Greg Carannante, Sun Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2023 The past decade marks Tia Ray’s self-recognition. Billboard China, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of self-recognition was in 1777

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“Self-recognition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-recognition. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

self-recognition

noun
self-rec·​og·​ni·​tion -ˌrek-əg-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce self-recognition (audio)
: the process by which the immune system of an organism distinguishes between the body's own chemicals, cells, and tissues and those of foreign organisms or agents compare self-tolerance

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