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autotomy

[aw-tot-uh-mee] /ɔˈtɒt ə mi/
noun, plural autotomies.
1.
Zoology.
  1. separation of a body part.
  2. self-amputation of a damaged or trapped appendage.
2.
the performance of surgery upon oneself.
Origin of autotomy
1895-1900
1895-1900; auto-1 + -tomy
Related forms
autotomic
[aw-tuh-tom-ik] /ˌɔ təˈtɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
autotomous, adjective
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  • Adaptive strategies and energetics of tail autotomy in lizards.
British Dictionary definitions for autotomy

autotomy

/ɔːˈtɒtəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
the casting off by an animal of a part of its body, to facilitate escape when attacked
Derived Forms
autotomic (ˌɔːtəˈtɒmɪk) adjective
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autotomy in Medicine

autotomy au·tot·o·my (ô-tŏt'ə-mē)
n.
The spontaneous casting off of a body part, especially of an invertebrate, when injured or under attack.

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