au·​to·​hyp·​no·​sis ˌȯ-tō-hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce autohypnosis (audio)
: self-induced and usually automatic hypnosis : self-hypnosis
autohypnotic adjective

Examples of autohypnosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a quality of trance, of autohypnosis, in her style. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021

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Word History


auto- + hypnosis, perhaps after French autohypnose or German Autohypnose

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autohypnosis was in 1889

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“Autohypnosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


au·​to·​hyp·​no·​sis ˌȯt-ō-hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce autohypnosis (audio)
plural autohypnoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce autohypnosis (audio)
: self-induced and usually automatic hypnosis
autohypnotic adjective

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