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autotomy

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noun au·tot·o·my \ȯ-ˈtä-tə-mē\

Definition of autotomy

  1. :  reflex separation of a part (as an appendage) from the body :  division of the body into two or more pieces

autotomousplay \-məs\ adjective
autotomizeplay \-ˌmīz\ verb


Origin of autotomy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1887


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autotomy

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noun au·tot·o·my \ȯ-ˈtät-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of autotomy

plural au·tot·o·mies

  1. :  reflex separation of a part from the body especially in an invertebrate




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