autolysis [aw-tol-uh-sis] WORD ORIGIN noun Biochemistry. the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
Origin of autolysis First recorded in 1900–05;+ Related formsau·to·lyt·ic [awt-l-it-ik] /ˌɔt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective autolyze [awt-l-ahyz]Biochemistry verb (used with object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing. to cause to undergo . verb (used without object), au·to·lyzed, au·to·lyz·ing. to undergo autolysis. Also especially British, au·to·lyse. Origin of autolyze 1900–05; back formation from , on the model of Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for autolyses autolysis noun the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves Derived Formsautolytic (ˌɔːtəˈlɪtɪk), adjectiveWord Origin for autolysis C20: via German from Greek autos self + lusis loosening, release Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 autolyses in Medicine autolysis [ô-tŏl′ĭ-sĭs] n. 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.autodigestion The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells.autocytolysis Related formsau′to•lyt′ic (ô′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj. The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.