autotomize


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au·tot·o·my

 (ô-tŏt′ə-mē)
n.
The spontaneous casting off of a limb or other body part, such as the tail of certain lizards or the claw of a lobster, especially when the organism is injured or under attack.

au′to·tom′ic (ô′tə-tŏm′ĭk), au′tot′o·mous adj.
au·tot′o·mize′ v.

autotomize

(ɔːˈtɒtəˌmaɪz) or

autotomise

vb
(Zoology) to cause (a part of the body) to undergo autotomy

autotomize


Past participle: autotomized
Gerund: autotomizing

Imperative
autotomize
autotomize
Present
I autotomize
you autotomize
he/she/it autotomizes
we autotomize
you autotomize
they autotomize
Preterite
I autotomized
you autotomized
he/she/it autotomized
we autotomized
you autotomized
they autotomized
Present Continuous
I am autotomizing
you are autotomizing
he/she/it is autotomizing
we are autotomizing
you are autotomizing
they are autotomizing
Present Perfect
I have autotomized
you have autotomized
he/she/it has autotomized
we have autotomized
you have autotomized
they have autotomized
Past Continuous
I was autotomizing
you were autotomizing
he/she/it was autotomizing
we were autotomizing
you were autotomizing
they were autotomizing
Past Perfect
I had autotomized
you had autotomized
he/she/it had autotomized
we had autotomized
you had autotomized
they had autotomized
Future
I will autotomize
you will autotomize
he/she/it will autotomize
we will autotomize
you will autotomize
they will autotomize
Future Perfect
I will have autotomized
you will have autotomized
he/she/it will have autotomized
we will have autotomized
you will have autotomized
they will have autotomized
Future Continuous
I will be autotomizing
you will be autotomizing
he/she/it will be autotomizing
we will be autotomizing
you will be autotomizing
they will be autotomizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been autotomizing
you have been autotomizing
he/she/it has been autotomizing
we have been autotomizing
you have been autotomizing
they have been autotomizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been autotomizing
you will have been autotomizing
he/she/it will have been autotomizing
we will have been autotomizing
you will have been autotomizing
they will have been autotomizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been autotomizing
you had been autotomizing
he/she/it had been autotomizing
we had been autotomizing
you had been autotomizing
they had been autotomizing
Conditional
I would autotomize
you would autotomize
he/she/it would autotomize
we would autotomize
you would autotomize
they would autotomize
Past Conditional
I would have autotomized
you would have autotomized
he/she/it would have autotomized
we would have autotomized
you would have autotomized
they would have autotomized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.autotomize - cause a body part to undergo autotomyautotomize - cause a body part to undergo autotomy
cast off, shed, throw off, throw away, shake off, throw, cast, drop - get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
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Young lizards that autotomize their tails may lose resources important to somatic growth at a critical time, and thus, regeneration may be especially costly.
Although damage to the radial nerve did not cause the sea stars' arm to autotomize, it did render the arm nonfunctional for several days, which likely reduces the foraging ability of the sea star (Bingham et al.
Because red king crabs can autotomize (drop) injured legs, crabs with a fresh autotomy were classified separately from those with other leg injuries.