autolyze

[ awt-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈɔt lˌaɪz /
Biochemistry

verb (used with object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.

to cause to undergo autolysis.

verb (used without object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing.

to undergo autolysis.

QUIZZES

HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
anchorite
Also especially British, au·to·lyse.

Origin of autolyze

1900–05; back formation from autolysis, on the model of analyze
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020