autoreactive

adjective
au·​to·​re·​ac·​tive | \ ˌȯt-ō-rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce autoreactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of autoreactive

: produced by an organism and acting against its own cells or tissues It has been presumed that autoreactive B cells, like normal B cells, accumulate in the follicles of lymphoid tissues after encountering antigen and begin to proliferate, producing high-affinity autoantibodies and forming germinal centers.— Yang-Xin Fu and Ursula Storb, Science, 20 Sept. 2002

Other Words from autoreactive

autoreactivity \ ˌȯt-​ō-​(ˌ)rē-​ˌak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce autoreactivity (audio) \ noun, plural autoreactivities
At the same time, autoreactivity of B cells and T cells is present in all normal persons, and a complex set of regulatory mechanisms is required to prevent overt destruction of tissue through autoimmunity. — Peter K. Gregersen, The New England Journal of Medicine, 22 Mar. 2007

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“Autoreactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/autoreactive. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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