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autolysis

autolysis (aw-tol´i-sis)

1. Enzymatic digestion of cells (especially dead or degenerate) by enzymes present within them (autogenous). 2. Destruction of cells as a result of a lysin formed in those cells or others in the same organism.autocytolysis, autodigestion, isophagy; [auto- + G. lysis, dissolution]

 

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