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autophagia au·to·pha·gia (ô'tə-fā'jə, -jē-ə)
The biting of one's own flesh.
or au·toph·a·gy (ô-tŏf'ə-jē) The segregation and disposal of damaged organelles within a cell.
or autophagy The maintenance of the nutrition of the whole body by metabolic consumption of some of the body tissues.