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.
More 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.
Definition of autotomy in:
- The US English dictionary