Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Self-intersecting, as a line or trace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective of or pertaining to autotomy.

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  • adjective of or relating to autotomy

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  • Thanks Ruzuzu for sharing this word that went straight to my list of adjectival arcana.

    October 3, 2013

  • "At least two species of African Spiny mice, Acomys kempi and Acomys percivali, are capable of autotomic release of skin, e.g. upon being captured by a predator. They are the first mammals known to do so. They can completely regenerate the autotomically released or otherwise damaged skin tissue - regrowing hair follicles, skin, sweat glands, fur and cartilage with little or no scarring. It is believed that the corresponding regeneration genes could also function in humans."

    -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Autotomy&oldid=572873099

    October 2, 2013