noun. spontaneous removal or casting off of a body part (as the tail of a lizard or claw of a lobster) especially when the organism is injured or under attack.
- -tomy (English)
- τέμνω (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
- auto- (English)
- αὐτo- (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word autotomy
1. Noun, singular or mass
If a lizard is grabbed by his tail in an attack, he will employ tail autotomy as his defense.