apoptosis

Definitions of apoptosis
  1. noun
    a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival
    synonyms: caspase-mediated cell death, programmed cell death
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    type of:
    cell death, necrobiosis
    (physiology) the normal degeneration and death of living cells (as in various epithelial cells)
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