autotomize
verb see autotomy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • autotomize — v. 1. cause a body part to undergo autotomy. [WordNet 1.5] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autotomize — [ô tät′ə mīz΄] vi., vt. autotomized, autotomizing to undergo or cause to undergo autotomy …   English World dictionary

  • autotomize — v.t. [Gr. autos, self; temnein, to cut] To shed a part intentionally; to effect autotomy …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • autotomize — /aw tot euh muyz /, v., autotomized, autotomizing. v.i. 1. to undergo autotomy. v.t. 2. to effect autotomy of (a part). Also esp. Brit., autotomise. [1900 05; AUTOTOM(Y) + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • autotomize — v. cause to experience autotomy; experience autotomy (spontaneous dropping of a trapped or damaged limb) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autotomize — au·tot·o·mize …   English syllables

  • autotomize — verb cause a body part to undergo autotomy • Syn: ↑autotomise • Derivationally related forms: ↑autotomy • Hypernyms: ↑shed, ↑cast, ↑cast off, ↑shake off, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Autotomy — (from the Greek auto = self and tomy = severing ) or self amputation is the act whereby an animal severs one or more of its own appendages, [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.] usually as a self… …   Wikipedia

  • autotomise — verb cause a body part to undergo autotomy • Syn: ↑autotomize • Derivationally related forms: ↑autotomy (for: ↑autotomize) • Hypernyms: ↑shed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • autotomy — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1897 reflex separation of a part (as an appendage) from the body ; division of the body into two or more pieces • autotomous adjective • autotomize verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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