Connective tissue disease
A disease (autoimmune or otherwise) that attacks the collagen or other components of connective tissue, such as lupus.

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connective tissue disease n any of various diseases or abnormal states (as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, polyarteritis nodosa, rheumatic fever, and dermatomyositis) characterized by inflammatory or degenerative changes in connective tissue called also collagen disease, collagenolysis, collagen vascular disease

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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