horror autotoxicus


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Related to horror autotoxicus: Ehrlich

hor·ror au·to·tox·'i·cus

a term introduced by Ehrlich, meaning that immunity is directed against foreign materials but not against the constituents of one's own body; exceptions to this concept are the autoallergic reactions and diseases.
Synonym(s): self-tolerance
[L., dread of self-poisoning]

horror autotoxicus

an old term that predicted the occurrence of diseases in which the rules guaranteeing self tolerance are broken.