n. [Gr. autos, self; spaein, to pluck off]
(ARTHROPODA: Chelicerata)
The loss of appendages by breaking them at a predetermined locus of weakness when pulled by an outside force; frequent in spiders and other arachnids.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • appendotomy — n. [L. appendix, appendage; Gr. tome, a cutting] The loss of appendages; see autospasy, autotilly, autotomy …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • autotilly — n. [Gr. autos, self; tillesthai, to pluck] Loss of appendages by self amputation; see autospasy …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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