Pronunciation: (ô"tu-fā'ju, -jē-u), [key]
1. controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell.
2. the maintenance of bodily nutrition by the metabolic breakdown of some bodily tissues. Also,au•toph•a•gyPronunciation: (ô-tof'u-jē). [key]
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