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Autophagy

MeSH ID: D001343

DEFINITION: The segregation and degradation of damaged or unwanted cytoplasmic constituents by autophagic vacuoles (cytolysosomes) composed of LYSOSOMES containing cellular components in the process of digestion; it plays an important role in BIOLOGICAL METAMORPHOSIS of amphibians, in the removal of bone by osteoclasts, and in the degradation of normal cell components in nutritional deficiency states.

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drug effects [Q000187] ; ethics [Q000941] ; genetics [Q000235] ; immunology [Q000276] ; physiology [Q000502] ; radiation effects [Q000528]

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