1. The state of being independent of the will or of central innervation; applicable, for example, to the heart’s action.

2. An epileptic attack consisting of stereotyped psychic, sensory, or motor phenomena carried out in a state of impaired consciousness and of which the individual usually has no knowledge.

3. A condition in which an individual is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to the performance of certain motor or verbal acts, often purposeless and sometimes foolish or harmful. Syn: telergy.


[G. automatos, self-moving, + -in]

ambulatory automatism

immediate posttraumatic automatism