self-digestion


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self-di·ges·tion

(sĕlf′dĭ-jĕs′chən, -dī-)
n.
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Noun1.self-digestion - 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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This flushing mechanism is significant in protecting the pancreas from premature activation of the proteases and self-digestion and thus from the development of recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis.
Professor Petersen, said: "The aim of the research was to block excessive calcium entry caused by agents inducing pancreatitis and then test whether this would protect the pancreatic cells from self-digestion and death.
24) Those early scientists noted that providing supplementary enzymes could restore the rapid digestion of foods in the stomach, mimicking the self-digestion that takes place when people consume raw foods.