thanatosis


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thanatosis

(ˌθænəˈtəʊsɪs)
n
(of an animal) the ability to fake death in order to evade a predator or any other unwelcome intrusion
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Eventually, the tissue will die and even undergo thanatosis, leading to anastomotic leakage.
45) This last description perfectly resembles a grass snake performing thanatosis (Figure 1).
Thanatosis as an adaptive male mating strategy in the nuptial gift-giving spider Pisaura mirabilis.