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autolysis au·tol·y·sis (ô-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.
Self-destruction of tissues within the living body. Also called autodigestion.
The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells. Also called autocytolysis.