Thanatosis - definition of thanatosis by The Free Dictionary
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(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.
One male showed thanatosis
at first touch, but glowed in reaction to subsequent touch.
45) This last description perfectly resembles a grass snake performing thanatosis
as an adaptive male mating strategy in the nuptial gift-giving spider Pisaura mirabilis.