[awt-l-ahy-sin, aw-tol-uh-]


any agent producing autolysis.

Origin of autolysin

First recorded in 1960–65; autolys(is) + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autolysin



any agent that produces autolysis
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autolysin in Medicine


[ô-tŏlĭ-sĭn, ô′tə-līsĭn]


A substance, such as an enzyme, that is capable of destroying the cells or tissues of an organism within which it is produced.autocytolysin
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