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Related to autophagia: autophagy

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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Again, variations in the IRGM and LRRK2 genes, which are involved in the regulation of autophagia, have also been associated with Crohn's disease (40).
The PI3K/Akt pathway is a major survival pathway and is notably located within the apoptosis, autophagia, and mitochondrial pathways (15).
In his home after dark, he begins to eat himself, his autophagia the consummate allegory for the rapport between people and the paternalist state.