autotomy

[ aw-tot-uh-mee ]
/ ɔˈtɒt ə mi /
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noun, plural au·tot·o·mies.

Zoology.
  1. separation of a body part.
  2. self-amputation of a damaged or trapped appendage.
the performance of surgery upon oneself.

Nearby words

  1. autotelic,
  2. autotheism,
  3. autotimer,
  4. autotomic,
  5. autotomize,
  6. autotopagnosia,
  7. autotoxaemia,
  8. autotoxemia,
  9. autotoxicosis,
  10. autotoxin

Origin of autotomy

First recorded in 1895–1900; auto-1 + -tomy

Related formsau·to·tom·ic [aw-tuh-tom-ik] /ˌɔ təˈtɒm ɪk/, au·tot·o·mous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for autotomy

autotomy

/ (ɔːˈtɒtəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

the casting off by an animal of a part of its body, to facilitate escape when attacked
Derived Formsautotomic (ˌɔːtəˈtɒmɪk), adjective

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Medicine definitions for autotomy

autotomy

[ ô-tŏtə-mē ]

n.

The spontaneous casting off of a body part, especially of an invertebrate, when injured or under attack.

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