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

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 Jan. 2023.

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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