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Meaning of autophagia

au•to•pha•gia

Pronunciation: (ô"tu-fā'ju, -jē-u), [key]
— n. Physiol.
  1. controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell.
  2. the maintenance of bodily nutrition by the metabolic breakdown of some bodily tissues.
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