autotomize

[ aw-tot-uh-mahyz ]
/ ɔˈtɒt əˌmaɪz /

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).

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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

/ (ɔːˈtɒtəˌmaɪz) /

verb

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