1. [syn: necrobiosis, cell death]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Necrobiosis \Nec`ro*bi*o"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. nekro`s dead + ?
way of life, fr. ? life.] (Biol. & Med.)
The death of a part of an organism by molecular
disintegration and without loss of continuity, as in the
processes of degeneration and atrophy; a normal dying out of
cells in a tissue, in contrast to necrosis. --Virchow.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (physiology) the normal degeneration and death of living
cells (as in various epithelial cells) [syn: necrobiosis,