autochthonous


au·toch·tho·nous

adjective \-ˈtäk-thə-nəs\

Definition of AUTOCHTHONOUS

1
:  indigenous, native <an autochthonous people>
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>

First Known Use of AUTOCHTHONOUS

1893

Other Biology Terms

fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

au·toch·tho·nous

adjective \(ˈ)-ˈtäk-thə-nəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AUTOCHTHONOUS

1
a : indigenous or endemic to a region <autochthonous malaria> b : contracted in the area where reported <autochthonous cases of malaria in the United States>
2
: originated in that part of the body where found—used chiefly of pathological conditions
au·toch·tho·nous·ly \-lē\ adverb

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