autolysis


au·tol·y·sis

noun \-lə-səs\

Definition of AUTOLYSIS

:  breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self-produced enzymes
au·to·lyt·ic \ˌ-tə-ˈli-tik\ adjective

Origin of AUTOLYSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1900

au·tol·y·sis

noun \-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural au·tol·y·ses \-ə-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of AUTOLYSIS

: breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self-produced enzymes—called also self-digestion
au·to·lyt·ic \ˌt-əl-ˈit-ik\ adjective

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