[aw-tuh-fey-juh, -jee-uh]
noun Physiology.
controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell.
the maintenance of bodily nutrition by the metabolic breakdown of some bodily tissues.
Also, autophagy [aw-tof-uh-jee] .

auto-1 + -phagia

autophagic [aw-tuh-faj-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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autophagia au·to·pha·gia (ô'tə-fā'jə, -jē-ə)

  1. The biting of one's own flesh.

  2. or au·toph·a·gy (ô-tŏf'ə-jē) The segregation and disposal of damaged organelles within a cell.

  3. or autophagy The maintenance of the nutrition of the whole body by metabolic consumption of some of the body tissues.

au'to·phag'ic (-fāj'ĭk)
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