Origin of autonomic
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- occurring involuntarily or spontaneously
- of or relating to the autonomic nervous system
- Also: autonomous (of plant movements) occurring as a result of internal stimuli
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1832, "pertaining to autonomy" (q.v.); used mostly in physiology. Autonomical is recorded from 1650s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Functionally independent; not under voluntary control.
- Relating to the autonomic nervous system.
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