from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. cause a body part to undergo autotomy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.

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  • v. 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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