autolytic enzyme

n.

An enzyme that digests the cell in which it is produced, usually marking the death of the cell.

Nearby words

  1. autolycus,
  2. autolysate,
  3. autolyse,
  4. autolysin,
  5. autolysis,
  6. autolyze,
  7. automagical,
  8. automagically,
  9. automaker,
  10. automanipulation


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