autolyze [awt-l-ahyz]Biochemistry WORD ORIGIN 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