Dictionary.com

autolysis

[ aw-tol-uh-sis ]
/ ɔˈtɒl ə sɪs /
Save This Word!

noun Biochemistry.
the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
QUIZ
THINGAMABOB OR THINGUMMY: CAN YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE US AND UK TERMS IN THIS QUIZ?
Do you know the difference between everyday US and UK terminology? Test yourself with this quiz on words that differ across the Atlantic.
Question 1 of 7
In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…

Origin of autolysis

First recorded in 1900–05; auto-1 + -lysis

OTHER WORDS FROM autolysis

au·to·lyt·ic [awt-l-it-ik], /ˌɔt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use autolysis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for autolysis

autolysis
/ (ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

noun
the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves

Derived forms of autolysis

autolytic (ˌɔːtəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for autolysis

C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK