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autonomic

[aw-tuh-nom-ik] /ˌɔ təˈnɒm ɪk/
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the autonomic nervous system.
3.
Physiology. under the control of the autonomic nervous system.
4.
Cell Biology. produced by internal forces or causes; spontaneous.
Also, autonomical.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; autonom(y) + -ic
Related forms
autonomically, adverb
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Examples from the web for autonomic
  • So did the activity of the half of the autonomic nervous system known as the sympathetic system.
  • My gut feeling is that chronic pain, is an autonomic nervous system learned response.
  • And when that memory pops into your brain, you're going to have that whole autonomic response that you had originally.
  • autonomic, your post is reasonable up until the end.
  • Octopuses have a fairly unusual autonomic nervous system, with many neurons present in the tentacles rather than the brain.
  • Even when the heart is beating, if the brain is only able to process autonomic systems, then it is no more developed than a mouse.
  • The contraction of these muscles is dependent on the activation of the inner nerves known as the autonomic nerve supply.
  • The autonomic nervous system is controlled by the brain too.
  • Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system.
  • Sweating is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that is not under your control.
British Dictionary definitions for autonomic

autonomic

/ˌɔːtəˈnɒmɪk/
adjective
1.
occurring involuntarily or spontaneously
2.
of or relating to the autonomic nervous system
3.
Also autonomous. (of plant movements) occurring as a result of internal stimuli
Derived Forms
autonomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autonomic
adj.

1832, "pertaining to autonomy" (q.v.); used mostly in physiology. Autonomical is recorded from 1650s.

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autonomic in Medicine

autonomic au·to·nom·ic (ô'tə-nŏm'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Functionally independent; not under voluntary control.

  2. Relating to the autonomic nervous system.


au'to·nom'i·cal·ly adv.
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