auto-, aut- (Greek: self; directed from within).
A mental disorder characterized by severely abnormal development of social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Affected individuals may adhere to inflexible, nonfunctional rituals or routine. They may become upset with even trivial changes in their environment. They often have a limited range of interests but may become preoccupied with a narrow range of subjects or activities. The appear unable to understand others' feelings and often have poor eye contact with others. Unpredictable mood swings may occur. Many demonstrate stereotypical motor mannerisms such as hand or finger flapping, body rocking, or dipping. The disorder is probably caused by organically based central nervous system dysfunction, especially in the ability to process social or emotional information or language.
Showing evidence of autism, e.g., a disturbance in psychological development in which use of language, reaction to stimuli, interpretation of the world, and the formation of relationships are not fully established and follow unusual patterns.
Controlling or eradicating populations of noxious insects by reducing their capacity to produce viable or fertile offspring; as by the introduction of sterile males.
1. Another form of suicide; that is, "self-killing" or "killing one's self".
2. Someone has suggested that it means "suicide by crashing one's automobile".
Not requiring a meal of blood to produce eggs, such as some mosquitoes.
remains to be seen.
-Leonard L. Levinson
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
An autobiography is a book that usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.
-Franklin P. Jones
"Automatic" simply means that you can't repair it yourself.
-Mary H. Waldrip