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Meaning of autotomy

au•tot•o•my

Pronunciation: (ô-tot'u-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
    1. separation of a body part.
    2. self-amputation of a damaged or trapped appendage.
  1. the performance of surgery upon oneself.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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