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autophagia: Meaning and Definition of

au•to•pha•gia

Pronunciation: ("tu-f?'ju, -j?-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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