autolysis

[ aw-tol-uh-sis ]
/ ɔˈtɒl ə sɪs /

noun Biochemistry.

the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for autolytic

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
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Medical definitions for autolytic

autolysis
[ ô-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]

n.

The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.
Self-destruction of tissues within the living body.autodigestion
The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells.autocytolysis

Other words from autolysis

au′to•lytic (ô′tə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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