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Autophagy

Synonym(s)

  • autophagocytosis

Definition(s)

The process by which cells digest parts of their own cytoplasm; allows for both recycling of macromolecular constituents under conditions of nutrient limitation and remodeling the intracellular structure for cell differentiation.

Definition from: Gene Ontology via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Digestion of cellular constituents by enzymes of the same cell.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: December 22, 2014