autotomy

noun au·tot·o·my \ ȯ-ˈtä-tə-mē \

Definition of autotomy

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

autotomous

play \-məs\ adjective

autotomize

play \-ˌmīz\ verb

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autotomy

noun au·tot·o·my \ ȯ-ˈtät-ə-mē \

medical Definition of autotomy

plural autotomies
: reflex separation of a part from the body especially in an invertebrate

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