nonself

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ self

Noun[edit]

nonself (countable and uncountable, plural nonselfs or nonselves)

  1. (philosophy, psychology) Any entity other than oneself.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
  2. (immunology, uncountable) All agents and substances that are not the body's own.
    • 1961, George F. Vande Woude, George Klein, Advances in Cancer Research[1]:
      In his classic monograph describing the clonal selection theory of the immune response, Burnet (1959) suggested that the immune system distinguishes between self (no antibody response) and nonself (antibody response).

Adjective[edit]

nonself

  1. (immunology) Of nonself origin.