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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]
autolytic adj


(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.
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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In contrast to deeply sequestered soft tissues recovered from dinosaur femur fossils, it is unclear why remarkable ultrastructural preservation exists in these tissues in the presence of plant and microbial activity, autolysis, hydrolysis, wide temperature variation and the fact that the highly vascular bone was open to the influence of soil matrix.
The pathological post mortem diagnosis was acute pancreatitis, fat necrosis in pancreas with liver autolysis without any malignancy base Pathological report.
Keratin and trypsin autolysis contaminant peaks were identified and excluded from the MS/MS analysis.
The moisture content of SMS was influenced by ripening duration, and the potential for water leakage increased as autolysis advanced during the ripening process.
Basically, the deterioration of seafood follows 4 stages: rigor mortis, dissolution of rigor, autolysis (loss of freshness), and bacterial spoilage.
For 194 wild birds, the cause of death could not be determined because of postmortem autolysis, putrefaction, or both.
Biopsies from the animal study only showed 1 abnormality, defined as post-mortem autolysis, which was decreased staining in the central region of H & E cross-sections.
cooking, germination, fermentation and breadmaking, soaking, autolysis and other processes) on phytates are discussed.
Histological examination revealed multifocal intraepithelial neutrophilic aggregates (microabscesses) in the ruminal epithelium and diffuse autolysis of all sections of the intestines.
Cause of death for five otters recovered post-mortem was unknown because of inconclusive evidence or advanced autolysis.
Autolysis, especially of the intestinal tract, can be considerable, even with available refrigeration.
As the tracheid cytoplasm undergoes autolysis, the matrix materials in pit membranes of Metasequoia are removed from both torus and margo regions.