autolysis

noun
au·​tol·​y·​sis | \-lə-səs \

Definition of autolysis 

: breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self-produced enzymes

Other Words from autolysis

autolytic \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈli-​tik \ adjective

First Known Use of autolysis

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autolysis

New Latin

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autolysis

noun
au·​tol·​y·​sis | \-ə-səs \
plural autolyses\ -​ə-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of autolysis 

: breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self-produced enzymes

called also self-digestion

Other Words from autolysis

autolytic \ ˌȯt-​ᵊl-​ˈit-​ik \ adjective

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