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autonomic

[aw-tuh-nom-ik]
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adjective
  1. autonomous.
  2. of or relating to the autonomic nervous system.
  3. Physiology. under the control of the autonomic nervous system.
  4. Cell Biology. produced by internal forces or causes; spontaneous.
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Also au·to·nom·i·cal.

Origin of autonomic

First recorded in 1825–35; autonom(y) + -ic
Related formsau·to·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for autonomic

autonomic

adjective
  1. occurring involuntarily or spontaneously
  2. of or relating to the autonomic nervous system
  3. Also: autonomous (of plant movements) occurring as a result of internal stimuli
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Derived Formsautonomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autonomic

adj.

1832, "pertaining to autonomy" (q.v.); used mostly in physiology. Autonomical is recorded from 1650s.

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autonomic in Medicine

autonomic

(ô′tə-nŏmĭk)
adj.
  1. Functionally independent; not under voluntary control.
  2. Relating to the autonomic nervous system.
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Related formsau′to•nomi•cal•ly adv.
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