- the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
Origin of autolysis
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The preservatives, 'Merthiolate' and formalin, were used in an attempt to inhibit the autolytic action of the enzymes present.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae
William B. Stallcup
- the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves
Word Origin for autolysis
C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release
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- 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
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