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autolysis

[aw-tol-uh-sis] /ɔˈtɒl ə sɪs/
noun, Biochemistry.
1.
the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
Origin of autolysis
1900-1905
1900-05; auto-1 + -lysis
Related forms
autolytic
[awt-l-it-ik] /ˌɔt lˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

autolyze

[awt-l-ahyz] /ˈɔt lˌaɪz/ Biochemistry
verb (used with object), autolyzed, autolyzing.
1.
to cause to undergo autolysis.
verb (used without object), autolyzed, autolyzing.
2.
to undergo autolysis.
Also, especially British, autolyse.
Origin
1900-05; back formation from autolysis, on the model of analyze
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British Dictionary definitions for autolyses

autolysis

/ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves
Derived Forms
autolytic (ˌɔːtəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release
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autolyses in Medicine

autolysis au·tol·y·sis (ô-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.

  1. The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.

  2. Self-destruction of tissues within the living body. Also called autodigestion.

  3. The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells. Also called autocytolysis.


au'to·lyt'ic (ô'tə-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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