- separation of a body part.
- self-amputation of a damaged or trapped appendage.
- the performance of surgery upon oneself.
Origin of autotomy
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- the casting off by an animal of a part of its body, to facilitate escape when attacked
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- The spontaneous casting off of a body part, especially of an invertebrate, when injured or under attack.
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