autotomize

[aw-tot-uh-mahyz]

verb (used without object), au·tot·o·mized, au·tot·o·miz·ing.

to undergo autotomy.

verb (used with object), au·tot·o·mized, au·tot·o·miz·ing.

to effect autotomy of (a part).

Also especially British, au·tot·o·mise.

Origin of autotomize

First recorded in 1900–05; autotom(y) + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for autotomize

autotomize

autotomise

verb

to cause (a part of the body) to undergo autotomy
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