autoimmune disease

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A heterogeneous group of diseases, some of obscure etiology, including rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, characterized by development of antibodies that attack the host's cells and tissues. For descriptions and details, see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/autoimmune/autoimmune.htm and http://www.niaid.nih.gov/final/immds/immdeff.htm.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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