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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.

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

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