au·​to·​nom·​ic | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce autonomic (audio) \

Definition of autonomic

1 : acting or occurring involuntarily autonomic reflexes
2 : relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system or its effects or activity autonomic drugs

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Other Words from autonomic

autonomically \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autonomic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of autonomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web BChE is an enzyme of the cholinergic system, part of the autonomic system, which controls functions like blood pressure and breathing. Katherine Dillinger And Jen Christensen, CNN, 13 May 2022 Many people are familiar with the numbness and pain of the feet and sometimes hands that can happen with longstanding diabetes, but the autonomic system can be affected as well. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy is a rare neurological disorder that affects the nervous system and, most notably in those impacted, can cause the complete inability to feel physiological pain. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 When the autonomic nerves aren't working properly, this can cause symptoms like lightheadedness, brain fog, fainting, an abnormally fast heart rate when standing up, gastrointestinal problems, and more. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 23 June 2021 Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction are showing up in patients who had mild, moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms. Time, 27 May 2021 According to the Mayo Clinic, autonomic nerve disorders affect the autonomic nervous system, which controls a person's involuntary functions. Chloe Melas, CNN, 3 Mar. 2021 The coronavirus may be able to cross the blood-brain barrier, causing autonomic changes such as shortness of breath, sweating and rapid heart rate, researchers said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2021 Preliminary observations were yielding more data to support the theories about the role that breathing issues and autonomic dysfunction played for some patients. Meghan O'rourke, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of autonomic

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of autonomic was in 1888

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“Autonomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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au·​to·​nom·​ic | \ ˌȯt-ə-ˈnäm-ik How to pronounce autonomic (audio) \

Medical Definition of autonomic

1a : acting or occurring involuntarily autonomic reflexes
b : relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system autonomic ganglia autonomic dysfunction
2 : having an effect upon tissue supplied by the autonomic nervous system autonomic drugs

Other Words from autonomic

autonomically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autonomic (audio) \ adverb

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