autophagy - definition and synonyms

noun biology
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    literally eating one's own self; a natural mechanism whereby unncecessary or dysfunctional cellular components are disassembled

    According to an experiment in US, taking large amounts of cocaine sparks an out-of-control version of autophagy, which causes cells to digest their insides.

    Submitted by Vishal Jagasia from India on 20/01/2016