automatism[ô täm′ə tiz′əm]
automatism definition by Webster's New World
- the quality or condition of being automatic
- automatic action
- Philos. the theory that the human or animal body is a machine governed by physical laws and that consciousness does not control but only accompanies its actions
- action independent of outside stimulus, as sleepwalking
- action not controlled by the will, as the heartbeat
- the power of such action
- Psychol. an automatic or unconscious action, as a tic
- free expression of the unconscious mind by releasing it from the control of the conscious: a surrealist concept
Origin: automat(ic) plush -ism
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- automatist noun
automatism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The state or quality of being automatic.b. Automatic mechanical action.
- Philosophy The theory that the body is a machine whose functions are accompanied but not controlled by consciousness.
- Physiology a. The involuntary functioning of an organ or other body structure that is not under conscious control, such as the beating of the heart or the dilation of the pupil of the eye.b. The reflexive action of a body part.
- Psychology Mechanical, seemingly aimless behavior characteristic of various mental disorders.
Origin: From Latin automaton, automaton; see automaton.
- au·tomˈa·tist noun
automatism - Medical Definition
- The involuntary functioning of an organ or other body structure that is not under conscious control, such as the beating of the heart or the dilation of the pupil of the eye.
- The reflexive action of a body part.
- An act performed without intent or conscious exercise of the will, often without realization of its occurrence, as for certain types of epilepsy.
- A condition in which one is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to the performance of certain acts. Also called telergy.