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The process of self-digestion by a cell through the action of enzymes originating within the same cell.
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(ɔːˈtɒfədʒɪ) or


the consumption of one's own tissue by biting oneself
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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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Terman, "The mitochondrial-lysosomal axis theory of aging: accumulation of damaged mitochondria as a result of imperfect autophagocytosis," European Journal ofBiochemistry, vol.
Firstly, the PRGF could favor survival and proliferation of human and canine ASCs and delay human ASC senescence and autophagocytosis in comparison with serum-containing cultures.
Brunk, "Mitochondrial recycling and aging of cardiac myocytes: the role of autophagocytosis," Experimental Gerontology, vol.