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autochthonous

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adjective au·toch·tho·nous \ȯ-ˈtäk-thə-nəs\

Definition of autochthonous

  1. 1 :  indigenous, native <an autochthonous people>

  2. 2 :  formed or originating in the place where found <autochthonous rock> <an autochthonous infection>

au·toch·tho·nous·ly adverb


Examples of autochthonous

  1. <an illegally introduced Asian fish that has virtually wiped out the lake's autochthonous species>



1893

First Known Use of autochthonous

1893

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autochthonous

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adjective au·toch·tho·nous \(ˈ)ȯ-ˈtäk-thə-nəs\

Medical Definition of autochthonous

  1. 1a:  indigenous or endemic to a region <autochthonous malaria>b:  contracted in the area where reported <autochthonous cases of malaria in the United States>

  2. 2:  originated in that part of the body where found—used chiefly of pathological conditions

  3. au·toch·tho·nous·ly \-lē\play adverb




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