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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.
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|Adj.||1.||autotomic - of or relating to autotomy|
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