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embryophagy

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin embryo and the suffix -phagy (to feed on); 1948; created to describe the behavior of sandtiger shark embryos.

NounEdit

embryophagy (uncountable)

  1. The act of one embryo cannibalizing another for food in utero; at present only characterized in some species of sharks.

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Further readingEdit

Intrauterine Cannibalism in Sharks Google Search