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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.
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Adj.1.autolytic - of or relating to self-digestion
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Opticell's gelling attributes help promote autolytic debridement and pain-free removal, two characteristics important to clinicians.
Notably, this also helps reduce the number of mice that die of old age, in which brain tissue can undergo autolytic deterioration that impairs immunohistochemical (IHC) analyses.
Studies conducted by or for the NTP involve removal of moribund animals to avoid autolytic tissue destruction and to prevent tissue loss through cannibalism (NTP 2011a).
Tissue cannot be 'kept' in saline as the latter has no fixative properties and profound autolytic change, rendering the tissue useless, will result.
This includes not using dressings that would cause autolytic debridement.
The slight decrease in TVB-N during the first stage of storage may be initiated by autolytic degradation of nucleotides and free amino acids while the subsequent changes in TVB-N during the later stage of storage is most likely caused by a combination of microbiological and autolytic activities.
NU-GEL(R) Hydrogel with Alginate - a transparent hydro active amorphous gel containing sodium alginate creates a moist wound-healing environment, which assists with natural autolytic debridement and desloughing of wounds.
aureus cell wall; reduced susceptibility to vancomycin; and reduced RNAIII expression, autolytic activity, and biofilm formation.
Meume (gerontology, Hopital Charles Foix, Paris) and Teot (burns and plastics, Hopital Lapeyronie, Montpellier) describes the basics of mechanical debridement, including through surgery and hydrojet, and autolytic methods such as absorbent dressings, hydrogel, enzymatic methods, and biological methods such as maggots.
For example, highly autolytic starters were selected, and taste panels showed that adding these strains to a bitter starter improved the cheese's sensory traits.
The white sparkling Dom Perignon 1995 was altogether a different beast, with autolytic characters of yeast and brioche, interwoven with notes of citrus and honey.
It reduces pain, helps reduce bleeding, promotes and accelerates cellular regeneration by replicating the natural fibroconnective template, promotes natural autolysis and autolytic debridement by rehydrating and softening necrotic tissue and eschar, protects wound bed and newly formed granulation tissue, and absorbs wound exudates.