Meaning of self-maintaining in English:

self-maintaining

Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfmeɪnˈteɪnɪŋ/

adjective

  • 1That is maintained or sustained without external assistance or intervention; self-sustaining.

  • 2Physiology
    Of, relating to, or involving the maintenance by a cell or organism of its own vital processes.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Morning Chronicle. From self- + maintain + -ing.