autolysis

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au·tol·y·sis

 (ô-tŏl′ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The breaking down of cells or tissues by their own enzymes. Also called self-digestion.

au′to·lyt′ic (ô′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.

autolysis

(ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪs)
n
(Biochemistry) the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves
[C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release]
autolytic adj

au•tol•y•sis

(ɔˈtɒl ə sɪs)

n.
the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
[1900–05]
au•to•lyt•ic (ˌɔt lˈɪt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.autolysis - lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
lysis - (biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria
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