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  • n  spontaneous removal or casting off of a body part (as the tail of a lizard or claw of a lobster) especially when the organism is injured or under attack

  • At one time, when he had heart trouble marked by anginal pain, he quit smoking and boasted of this "act of autotomy," but he stuck it out only 23 days.

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