autolytic

autolysis

[aw-tol-uh-sis]
noun Biochemistry.
the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.

Origin:
1900–05; auto-1 + -lysis

autolytic [awt-l-it-ik] , adjective
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autolysis (ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪs)
 
n
the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves
 
[C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release]
 
autolytic
 
adj

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autolysis au·tol·y·sis (ô-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.

  1. The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.

  2. Self-destruction of tissues within the living body. Also called autodigestion.

  3. The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells. Also called autocytolysis.


au'to·lyt'ic (ô'tə-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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