auto-, aut-

(Greek: self, same, spontaneous; directed from within)

auto-ophthalmoscope, autophthalmoscope
An ophthalmoscope with which an examiner may view his/her own eyes.
auto-ophthalmoscopy
The examination of the interior of one's own eye.
autooxidation, auto-oxidation, autoxidation
Oxidation spontaneously occurring in the presence of air and not requiring catalysts.
autoparthenogenesis
The development of an unfertilized egg that has been activated by a chemical or physical stimulus.
autopath
1. Any individual with an allergic diasthesis.
2. Someone who is liable to suffer from allergic disorders.
autopathography
A written account of an illness prepared by the affected patient.
autopelagic
Epipelagic (the stratum of the oceanic zone where enough light is present for photosynthesis to occur); used in reference to planktonic organisms living continually at the sea surface.
autopepsia, autolysis
Rarely used term for self-digestion, said of ulceration of the gastric mucous membrane by its own secretion, or the digestion of the skin surrounding a gastrostomy or colostomy opening.
autophage, autophagous, autophagy
1. Self-devouring; the biting or eating of one’s own flesh.
2. The nutrition of the body by the consumption of its own tissues; the feeding upon oneself, sustenance of life during the process of starvation by absorption of the tissues of the body.
3. A reference to precocious offspring who are capable of locating and securing their own food.
autophagi
Birds that are able to run around and obtain their own food as soon as they are hatched.
autophagia
1. The biting or eating of one's own flesh.
2. The intracellular digestion of endogenous material of the cell within a lysosome.
3. The recycling of the body of its own tissue during starvation.
autophagocytosis
The segregation and degradation of damaged or unwanted cytoplasmic constituents by autophagic vacuoles (cytolysosomes) composed of lysosomes containing cellular components in the process of digestion; it plays an important role in metamorphosis of amphibians, in the removal of bone by osteoclasts, and in the degradation of normal cell components in nutritional deficiency states.
autophanous
Self-luminous; that is, emitting or reflecting light.
autopharmacology
The regulation of body functions by the activity of natural, endogenous, chemical constituents of the tissues.
autophile
Someone who loves himself or herself.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "equal, identical, same, similar": emul-; equ-, equi-; homeo-; homo-; iso-; pari-; peer; rhomb-; syn-; tauto-.