autotomize definition

  • verb:
    • cause a body part to undergo autotomy.
    • cause a body component to undergo autotomy
    • cause a body part to endure autotomy.
    • cause a body part to endure autotomy
  • others:
    • To practise autotomy; to cut-off an organ or element of an organ: stated of particular creatures, as crabs, which fall their claws or feet, and lizards, which fall their tails, whenever rudely taken care of.
    • To practise autotomy; to take off an organ or element of an organ: said of specific creatures, as crabs, which fall their particular claws or legs, and lizards, which drop their tails, whenever rudely handled.

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