automatism
noun Etymology: French automatisme, from automate automaton, from Latin automaton Date: 1838 1. a. the quality or state of being automatic b. an automatic action 2. the moving or functioning (as of an organ, tissue, or a body part) without conscious control that occurs either independently of external stimuli (as in the beating of the heart) or under the influence of external stimuli (as in pupil dilation) 3. a theory that views the body as a machine and consciousness as a noncontrolling adjunct of the body 4. suspension of the conscious mind to release subconscious images <
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automatist noun or adjective

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