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autochthonous

[aw-tok-thuh-nuh s] /ɔˈtɒk θə nəs/
adjective
1.
pertaining to autochthons; aboriginal; indigenous (opposed to heterochthonous).
2.
Pathology.
  1. found in the part of the body in which it originates, as a cancerous lesion.
  2. found in a locality in which it originates, as an infectious disease.
3.
Psychology. of or pertaining 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.
4.
Geology. (of rocks, minerals, etc.) formed in the region where found.
Compare allochthonous.
Also, autochthonal, autochthonic
[aw-tok-thon-ik] /ˌɔ tɒkˈθɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; autochthon + -ous
Related forms
autochthonism, autochthony, noun
autochthonously, adverb
autochthonousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autochthonous

autochthonous

/ɔːˈtɒkθənəs/
adjective
1.
(of rocks, deposits, etc) found where they and their constituents were formed Compare allochthonous
2.
inhabiting a place or region from earliest known times; aboriginal
3.
(physiol) (of some functions, such as heartbeat) originating within an organ rather than from external stimulation
Derived Forms
autochthonism, autochthony, noun
autochthonously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autochthonous
adj.

"native, indigenous," 1845, from autochthon + -ous.

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autochthonous in Medicine

autochthonous au·toch·tho·nous (ô-tŏk'thə-nəs)
adj.

  1. Native to the place inhabited; indigenous.

  2. 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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