embryophagy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin embryo and the suffix -phagy (to feed on); 1948, word was created to describe the eating behavior of Sandtiger Shark embryos.

Noun[edit]

embryophagy (uncountable)

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

Synonyms[edit]

External links[edit]

Intrauterine Cannibalism in Sharks Google Search