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autonomous

autonomous

adjective au·ton·o·mous \-ˈtä-nə-məs\

: existing or acting separately from other things or people

: having the power or right to govern itself

Full Definition of AUTONOMOUS

1
:  of, relating to, or marked by autonomy
2
a :  having the right or power of self-government
b :  undertaken or carried on without outside control :  self-contained <an autonomous school system>
3
a :  existing or capable of existing independently <an autonomous zooid>
b :  responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole <an autonomous growth>
4
:  controlled by the autonomic nervous system
au·ton·o·mous·ly adverb

Examples of AUTONOMOUS

  1. <Native American nations are regarded as autonomous in many respects and thus not subject to a number of state and local laws.>

Origin of AUTONOMOUS

Greek autonomos independent, from aut- + nomos law — more at nimble
First Known Use: 1799

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

autonomous

adjective au·ton·o·mous \-ˈtän-ə-məs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AUTONOMOUS

1
:  of, relating to, or marked by autonomy
2
a :  not forming a part (as does an embryo or seed) in the developmental sequence of an organism b :  responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole <a tumor is an autonomous growth>
3
:  under control of the autonomic nervous system
au·ton·o·mous·ly adverb

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