autolysis

noun
au·​tol·​y·​sis | \ ȯ-ˈtä-lə-səs How to pronounce autolysis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce autolytic (audio) \ 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 How to pronounce autolysis (audio) \
plural autolyses\ -​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce autolyses (audio) \

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 How to pronounce autolytic (audio) \ adjective

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