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autotomy

Line breaks: au|tot¦omy
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈtɒtəmi
 
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Definition of autotomy in English:

noun

[mass noun] Zoology
The casting off of a part of the body (e.g. the tail of a lizard) by an animal under threat.
Example sentences
  • The characteristics that best predicted autotomy - smaller body size or female gender - also correlated with a lower escape rate by the alternative escape tactic, struggling and pinching the predator.
  • Through a process called autotomy, muscles can contract violently along the base of an appendage, breaking off the limb.
  • I could not assess at what point during the predation encounters the lizards employed autotomy.

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