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Pronunciation: aw′tō-fā′jē-ă


  1. Biting one's own flesh; as a symptom of Lesch-Nyhan syndrome.
  2. Maintenance of the nutrition of the whole body by metabolic consumption of some of the body tissues.

Synonym(s): autophagy

[auto- + G. phagō, to eat]

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