Definition of autonomic in English:



  • Involuntary or unconscious; relating to the autonomic nervous system.

    ‘the symptoms included gastrointestinal and autonomic disturbance’
    • ‘Moreover, prolonged periods of nausea may be erroneously attributed to gastric autonomic neuropathy, leading to unnecessary investigation and treatment.’
    • ‘The primary types of diabetic neuropathy are sensorimotor and autonomic.’
    • ‘The composition of saliva thus varies with the balance of activity in the autonomic nerves controlling salivary secretion.’
    • ‘The sympathetic nerves control circulation and perspiration and are part of your autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘If cluster headache is an autonomic disorder, biofeedback may be valuable.’
    • ‘For example, stress has been shown to affect major physiological systems - autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immune.’
    • ‘Wheelchair athletes with spinal cord injuries may also have hypertension because of loss of autonomic control of blood pressure.’
    • ‘Improvements in autonomic and peripheral neuropathy have been documented.’
    self-governing, self-legislating, self-determining, sovereign, autonomous, autarkic, free, non-aligned
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Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘self-governing’): from autonomy + -ic.