auto-

1

a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words: autograph, autodidact.

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Also especially before a vowel, aut-.

Origin of auto-

1
< Greek, combining form of autós self

Definition for auto- (2 of 3)

auto-2

a combining form representing automobile in compound words: autocade.

Origin of auto-

2
see origin at auto

Definition for auto- (3 of 3)

auto-3

a combining form representing automatic in compound words: autoalarm; autofeed; autofocus. Sometimes also taken as an adjective: auto enlarger; auto stop control; auto dialer.
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British Dictionary definitions for auto-

auto-

sometimes before a vowel aut-


combining form

self; same; of or by the same oneautobiography
acting from or occurring within; self-causedautohypnosis
self-propelling; automaticautomobile

Word Origin for auto-

from Greek autos self
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Medical definitions for auto-

auto-

pref.

Self; same:autogamy.
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Scientific definitions for auto-

auto-

A prefix meaning “oneself,” as in autoimmune, producing antibodies or immunity against oneself. It also means “by itself, automatic,” as in autonomic, governing by itself.
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