Definition of autotomize in English:

autotomize

(also autotomise)

verb

Zoology
  • 1with object Of an animal: to cast off (a limb or other part), typically following a disturbance or attack.

  • 2no object To undergo autotomy; to cast off a limb or other part.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866–1945). From autotomy + -ize.

Pronunciation

autotomize

/ɔːˈtɒtəmʌɪz/