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The breaking down of cells or tissues by their own enzymes. Also called self-digestion.
au′to·lyt′ic (ô′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
(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]
au•tol•y•sis(ɔˈtɒl ə sɪs)
the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
au•to•lyt•ic (ˌɔt lˈɪt ɪk) adj.