AUTOTOMY

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1. in animal behavior, the spontaneous casting off of a body part. For example, an iguana sheds its tail to escape from a predator. 2. In humans, self-mutilation or the cutting off of body parts.

AUTOTOMY: "A person exemplified autotomy when he cut off his penis."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AUTOTOMY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/autotomy/ (accessed June 30, 2022).

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