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autophagia

[ aw-tuh-fey-juh, -jee-uh ]
/ ˌɔ təˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə /
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noun Physiology.

controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell.
the maintenance of bodily nutrition by the metabolic breakdown of some bodily tissues.

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Also au·toph·a·gy [aw-tof-uh-jee]. /ɔˈtɒf ə dʒi/.

Origin of autophagia

au·to·phag·ic [aw-tuh-faj-ik], /ˌɔ təˈfædʒ ɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for autophagia

autophagia
[ ô′tə-fājə ]

n.

The biting of one's own flesh.
or au•toph•a•gy (ô-tŏfə-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.
au′to•phagic (-făjĭk) adj.
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