[ het-uh-ron-uh-muh s ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒn ə məs /


subject to or involving different laws.
pertaining to or characterized by heteronomy.
Biology. subject to different laws of growth or specialization.

Nearby words

  1. heterometric autoregulation,
  2. heterometropia,
  3. heteromorphic,
  4. heteromorphosis,
  5. heteromorphous,
  6. heteronomy,
  7. heteronormative,
  8. heteronym,
  9. heteronymous,
  10. heteronymous diplopia

Origin of heteronomous

First recorded in 1815–25; heteronom(y) + -ous

Related formshet·er·on·o·mous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for heteronomous


/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs) /


subject to an external law, rule, or authorityCompare autonomous
(of the parts of an organism) differing in the manner of growth, development, or specialization
(in Kant's philosophy) directed to an end other than duty for its own sakeCompare autonomous (def. 4b)
Derived Formsheteronomously, adverbheteronomy, noun

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Medicine definitions for heteronomous


[ hĕt′ə-rŏnə-məs ]


Differing in development or manner of specialization.
Related formshet′er•ono•my n.

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