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autosite in Medicine

autosite au·to·site (ô'tō-sīt')
The usually larger component of abnormal, unequally conjoined twins that is able to live independently and nourish the other parasitic component.

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  • When an omphalosite exists, the other foetus is called, in this case also, the autosite.

  • The Polypnathus is a parasite attached to the jaw of the autosite.

  • The autosite can feel when the parasite is touched, and in some cases the autosite can localise the touch.

  • The Heteralitis is a second species, in which the parasite is inserted at a distance from the navel of the autosite.

  • Finally, there is the Endocyma, which is a parasite enclosed within the body of an autosite.

  • Parasites are nourished through the blood supply of the autosite, and the parasites usually are incapable of motion.

  • They contracted under strong light, and when the autosite was suddenly awakened both sets of eyes moved.

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