- the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
Origin of autolysis
- to cause to undergo autolysis.
- to undergo autolysis.
Also especially British, au·to·lyse.
Origin of autolyze
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- 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
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- The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.
- Self-destruction of tissues within the living body.autodigestion
- The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells.autocytolysis
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