from The Century Dictionary.

  • To practise autotomy; to cut off an organ or part of an organ: said of certain animals, as crabs, which drop their claws or legs, and lizards, which drop their tails, when rudely handled.

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

  • verb cause a body part to undergo autotomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause a body part to undergo autotomy


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  • Unlike many other lizards, a Gila monster's tail does not autotomize and cannot grow back if broken. ...

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