autolyze

[ awt-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈɔt lˌaɪz /
Biochemistry

verb (used with object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.

to cause to undergo autolysis.

verb (used without object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.

to undergo autolysis.

Nearby words

  1. autolysate,
  2. autolyse,
  3. autolysin,
  4. autolysis,
  5. autolytic enzyme,
  6. automagical,
  7. automagically,
  8. automaker,
  9. automanipulation,
  10. automat

Also especially British, au·to·lyse.

Origin of autolyze

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

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British Dictionary definitions for autolyse

autolyse

US autolyze

/ (ˈɔːtəˌlaɪz) /

verb

biochem to undergo or cause to undergo autolysis
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