One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fact or process of a physical condition, disorder, etc., correcting itself naturally; the correction of a condition or disorder without surgery or drugs. Now rare.
2Chiefly Education. The action or an act of recognizing and correcting one's own errors or faults.
3Automatic correction of errors, deviations, etc.; a feature on a device which enables this.
Late 19th century. From auto- + correction. Compare earlier self-correction.
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