autochthonous[ô-tŏkˈthə-nəs] also au·toch·tho·nal [-thə-nəl] or au·toch·thon·ic [ôˌtŏk-thŏnˈĭk]
also au·toch·tho·nal or au·toch·thon·icadjective
- Originating where found; indigenous: autochthonous rocks; an autochthonous people; autochthonous folktales. See Synonyms at native.
- Biology Originating or formed in the place where found: an autochthonous blood clot.
- au·tochˈthon·ism, au·tochˈtho·ny noun
- au·tochˈtho·nous·ly adverb
autochthonous - Medical Definition
- Native to the place inhabited; indigenous.
- Originating in the place where found. Used of a disease originating in the part of the body where found, or of a disease acquired in the place where the patient is.
Variant of autochthon
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