• (British) IPA: /ɔːˈtɒkθənəs/
  • (America) IPA: /ɔˈtɑkθənəs/
  • (cot-caught) IPA: /ɑˈtɑkθənəs/

autochthonous (not comparable)

  1. Native to the place where found; indigenous.
  2. (biology, medicine) Originating where found; found where it originates.
    • 1983, Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, volume 80, page 538:
      When, in 1858, Joseph Lister amputated the right leg of a six-year-old girl suffering from gangrene, he noted that the autochthonous blood clot extended down the anterior tibial artery as far as the commencement of the gangrene.
  3. (geology) Buried in place, especially of a fossil preserved in its life position without disturbance or disarticulation.
    • 1992, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, et al., Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time, page 83:
      Death and burial may be simultaneous, resulting in a preserved snapshot of an autochthonous assemblage that may be compared directly with present day ecosystems.
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: autóctone
  • Russian: автохто́нный
  • Portuguese: autóctone
  • Russian: автохто́нный

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