self-referring

adjective
self-re·​fer·​ring | \ ˌself-ri-ˈfər-iŋ How to pronounce self-referring (audio) \

Definition of self-referring

1 : referring to oneself or itself The art that Anselm Kiefer practices is not a self-referring art that looks within itself … for its subject matter and for its justification.— John Russell He's annoyingly self-referring, narcissistic.— Bob Wolfley
2 medical : engaging in self-referral a self-referring patient self-referring physician groups

First Known Use of self-referring

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-referring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-referring. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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