Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Limited by its or one's own characteristics rather than by external influences.
  • adjective Medicine Running a definite course within a specific period; little modified by treatment. Used of an illness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Limited by itself only; in pathology, tending to spontaneous recovery after a certain course: applied to certain diseases, as smallpox and many other acute diseases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to a disease that tends to run a definite course without treatment

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Examples

  • It is predicted that most cases of H1N1 flu will be mild to moderate in severity and self-limited; however, more severe cases may occur.

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  • Like the Flat Earth Society, they've put themselves in a place where progress is self-limited.

    Boundary effects

  • Do they add anything meaningful to the canon by skulking around every cyber corner, waiting to pounce on any advocate of insights contrary to their own, self-limited world view?

    Natural wines, premox, chenin blanc, 07 Port and Rhone – John Gilman | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Bias -, fact -, and grammar-checking are imperatives of journalism as practiced by a self-appointed group of so-called professionals in a self-limited sphere of work, not of literary criticism, which can be (in some cases should be) thoroughly biased, indifferent to "facts" except the facts of the text at hand, and resistant to hidebound rules of grammar when they interfere with the expression of difficult ideas or impede critical insight.

    Book Reviewing

  • Like the Flat Earth Society, they've put themselves in a place where progress is self-limited.

    Boundary effects

  • Most maintain a very narrow focus and within their self-limited worldview truly believe they are doing/supporting something unquestionably good.

    Science Czar John Holdren denies the ‘right of women to choose?’ - Moe_Lane’s blog - RedState

  • While the majority of concussions are self-limited injuries, there is increasing concern about the effects of multiple head injuries (including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a dementia that can develop) and sequential concussions (such as life-threatening second-impact syndrome).

    Concussions in young athletes: Don’t rush to get back in the game

  • It's usually self-limited and treated at home, but before the vaccine was introduced, the virus was responsible for about 200,000 emergency room visits and 400,000 physician office visits a year, noted the study's senior author, Dr. Umesh Parashar, a medical epidemiologist and team leader of the viral gastroenteritis team at the CDC in Atlanta.

    CDC: Rotavirus vaccine cuts kids' hospitalization rates

  • Although spouses did have more episodes of self-limited bronchitis as a result of irritation from the smoke, they were spared the more serious complications.

    Dr. Dennis Gottfried: Obesity is Contagious

  • Although spouses did have more episodes of self-limited bronchitis as a result of irritation from the smoke, they were spared the more serious complications.

    Dr. Dennis Gottfried: Obesity is Contagious

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