autolysis

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noun au·tol·y·sis \-lə-səs\

Definition of autolysis

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

autolytic

play \ˌȯ-tə-ˈli-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of autolysis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1900


Medical Dictionary

autolysis

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noun au·tol·y·sis \-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of autolysis

plural

autolyses

\-ə-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self-produced enzymes—called also self-digestion

autolytic

\ˌȯt-əl-ˈit-ik\play adjective

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