autolysis


au·tol·y·sis

noun \-ə-səs\
plural au·tol·y·ses \-ə-ˌsēz\

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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