separation of a body part.
self-amputation of a damaged or trapped appendage.
the performance of surgery upon oneself.
autotomy not only permits flight, but also defends the animal against the most adverse conditions.
The Human Side of Animals Royal Dixon
Such is the adaptive device—more reflex than reflective—which is called self-mutilation or autotomy.
The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) J. Arthur Thomson
noun (pl) -mies
the casting off by an animal of a part of its body, to facilitate escape when attacked
autotomy au·tot·o·my (ô-tŏt’ə-mē)
The spontaneous casting off of a body part, especially of an invertebrate, when injured or under attack.
to undergo autotomy. to effect autotomy of (a part). verb to cause (a part of the body) to undergo autotomy
autotopagnosia autotopagnosia au·to·top·ag·no·si·a (ô’tō-tŏp’āg-nō’zē-ə, -zhə) n. The inability to recognize or correctly orient the parts of one’s own body.
poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body, as during intestinal digestion. autointoxication. noun another name for autointoxication noun self-poisoning caused by absorption of toxic products originating within the body Also called autotoxaemia autointoxication au·to·in·tox·i·ca·tion (ô’tō-ĭn-tŏk’sĭ-kā’shən) n. Self-poisoning resulting from the absorption of waste products of metabolism, decomposed intestinal matter, or other toxins produced within […]
autograft. autotransplantation au·to·trans·plan·ta·tion (ô’tō-trāns’plān-tā’shən) n. The transplantation of a tissue or an organ from one site onto another on or in the body of the same individual. autotransplant au·to·trans·plant (ô’tō-trāns’plānt’) n. See autograft.