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The activation of something (especially an enzyme, a gene, etc.) or initiation of a process (e.g. the germination of a spore) without an external stimulus; automatic activation; self-activation.
Early 20th century. From auto- + activation, originally after German Autoactivirung. Compare French autoactivation, and also German Selbstaktivierung.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.