[ aw-tuh-fey-juh, -jee-uh ]
/ ˌɔ təˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə /
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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/.
OTHER WORDS FROM autophagiaau·to·phag·ic [aw-tuh-faj-ik], /ˌɔ təˈfædʒ ɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for autophagia
[ ô′tə-fā′jə ]
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.
Other words from autophagiaau′to•phag′ic (-făj′ĭk) adj.
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