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autolyze

[awt-l-ahyz]Biochemistry
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verb (used with object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.
  1. to cause to undergo autolysis.
verb (used without object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.
  1. to undergo autolysis.
Also especially British, au·to·lyse.

Origin of autolyze

1900–05; back formation from autolysis, on the model of analyze
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