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1. autotomy

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.

Synonyms

  • remotion

Etymology

  • -tomy (English)
  • τέμνω (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
  • auto- (English)
  • αὐτo- (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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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.

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