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.

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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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