- autolysis [ô täl′ə sis]n.[ AUTO- + -LYSIS]the destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes, as after death or in some diseasesautolytic [ôt΄ə lit′ik]adj.
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autolysis — n. 1. lysis of cells or tissues due to enzymatic activity from within the cell, as contrasted with externally induced lysis. Note: Autolysis occurs to tissues of higher animals when they are detached from the organism. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Autolysis — The enzymatic digestion of cells by enzymes present within them. The cells most susceptible to autolysis tend to be dying or dead cells. Pronounced aw tol´i sis. * * * 1. Enzymatic digestion of cells (especially dead or degenerate) by enzymes… … Medical dictionary
autolysis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1902 breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self produced enzymes • autolytic adjective … New Collegiate Dictionary
autolysis — the breakdown of proteins, fats and other body components of fish after death caused by the action of enzymes. The rate depends on temperature … Dictionary of ichthyology
autolysis — n. [Gr. autos, self; lysis, loosen] The degradation of tissues after death of a cell by the contained autogenous enzymes. autolytic a; see heterolysis … Dictionary of invertebrate zoology
autolysis — Spontaneous lysis (rupture) of cells or organelles produced by the release of internal hydrolyic enzymes. Normally associated with the release of lysosomal enzymes … Dictionary of molecular biology
autolysis — autolytic /awt l it ik/, adj. /aw tol euh sis/, n. Biochem. the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self digestion. [1900 05; AUTO 1 + LYSIS] * * * … Universalium
autolysis — noun a) The destruction of an organisms cells by enzymes produced by the organism itself. b) The autodigestion of the tissues of an organism … Wiktionary
autolysis — n. breakdown of tissue as a result of digestive enzymes present in the tissue (symptom of malnutrition) … English contemporary dictionary
autolysis — [ɔ: tɒlɪsɪs] noun Biology the destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes. Derivatives autolytic adjective … English new terms dictionary