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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 of autolyze
1900-1905
1900-05; back formation from autolysis, on the model of analyze
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