a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words: autograph, autodidact.
Words nearby auto-
Also especially before a vowel, aut-.
Origin of auto-1
< Greek, combining form of autós self
Definition for auto- (2 of 3)
a combining form representing automobile in compound words: autocade.
Origin of auto-2
see origin at auto
Definition for auto- (3 of 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-
sometimes before a vowel aut-
self; same; of or by the same oneautobiography
acting from or occurring within; self-causedautohypnosis
Word Origin for auto-
from Greek autos self
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Medicine definitions for auto-
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Science definitions for 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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