the continual automatic adjustment or self-regulation of a biochemical, physiological, or ecological system to maintain a stable state.

1965–70; auto-1 + regulation

autoregulative [aw-toh-reg-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] , autoregulatory [aw-toh-reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
autoregulatively, adverb Unabridged
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autoregulation au·to·reg·u·la·tion (ô'tō-rěg'yə-lā'shən)

  1. The tendency of the blood flow toward an organ or part to remain at or return to the same level despite changes in arterial pressure.

  2. A biological system equipped with inhibitory feedback systems such that a given change tends to be largely or completely counteracted.

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