[ aw-tok-thuh-nuhs ]
/ ɔˈtɒk θə nəs /
- found in the part of the body in which it originates, as a cancerous lesion.
- found in a locality in which it originates, as an infectious disease.
Psychology. of or relating to ideas that arise independently of the individual's own train of thought and seem instead to have some alien or external agency as their source.
Geology. (of rocks, minerals, etc.) formed in the region where found.Compare allochthonous.
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Also au·toch·tho·nal, au·toch·thon·ic [aw-tok-thon-ik]. /ˌɔ tɒkˈθɒn ɪk/.
Origin of autochthonous
First recorded in 1795–1805; autochthon
OTHER WORDS FROM autochthonousau·toch·tho·nism, au·toch·tho·ny, nounau·toch·tho·nous·ly, adverbau·toch·tho·nous·ness, noun
Words nearby autochthonous
, autochthonous idea
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autochthonic (ˌɔːtɒkˈθɒnɪk) or autochthonal
(of rocks, deposits, etc) found where they and their constituents were formedCompare allochthonous
inhabiting a place or region from earliest known times; aboriginal
physiol (of some functions, such as heartbeat) originating within an organ rather than from external stimulation
Derived forms of autochthonousautochthonism or autochthony, nounautochthonously, adverb
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Native to the place inhabited; indigenous.
Originating in the place where found. Used of a disease originating in the part of the body where found, or of a disease acquired in the place where the patient is.
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