AUTOENUCLEATION

n. an act of self-mutilation, whereby an individual excises an organ or tumor from his or her own body. For example, when a person with a psychotic disorder removes an eyeball or prizes off a fingernail (see enucleation). Also known as self-enucleation.

AUTOENUCLEATION: "The person was in a psychotic episode when he or she committed an act of autoenucleation, and removed his or her own finger."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AUTOENUCLEATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/autoenucleation/ (accessed May 18, 2021).
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