controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell.
the maintenance of bodily nutrition by the metabolic breakdown of some bodily tissues.
autophagia au·to·pha·gia (ô’tə-fā’jə, -jē-ə)
The biting of one’s own flesh.
or au·toph·a·gy (ô-tŏf’ə-jē) The segregation and disposal of damaged organelles within a cell.
or autophagy The maintenance of the nutrition of the whole body by metabolic consumption of some of the body tissues.
noun one who loves themselves Word Origin auto ‘self, one’s own’
adjective self-pollinating Word Origin auto ‘self, one’s own’
noun a love of one’s own self; self-love, narcissism Word Origin auto ‘self, one’s own’
noun a fear of being alone or of one’s self Word Origin auto ‘self, one’s own’ n. “fear of referring to oneself,” 1845 (as autophoby), from Greek autos “self” (see auto-) + -phobia “fear.” Related: Autophobic; autophobe.