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autophagy, autophagia

Medicine. 1. the eating of one’s own body.
2. the nutrition of the body by its own tissues, as in dieting. — autophagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
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In his home after dark, he begins to eat himself, his autophagia the consummate allegory for the rapport between people and the paternalist state.
Animals that developed autophagia and excessive grooming over the hindlimb midthigh ipsilateral to the spinal injection were included in a weekly measure of lesion size after QUIS injection and transplant of hNT2.
Injection of QUIS causes ipsilateral excessive grooming behaviors and autophagia that does not resolve without intervention (Figure 7(c), left).