noun[mass noun] Biology
The destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes, especially those released by lysosomes.
- Specimens from living patients vastly outnumber autopsy specimens, and the absence of autolysis makes tissue from living people technically preferable for most purposes.
- A common problem for pathologists examining hysterectomy specimens is finding pronounced tissue autolysis.
- Ultrastructural examination failed to detect viral inclusions, although the tissue exhibited a sizable degree of postmortem autolysis.
- Example sentences
- They are chosen for their ability to absorb moisture if the wound is draining or for their ability to stimulate autolytic debridement if the wound has necrotic tissue.
- A senescence-like autolytic programme is present in unicellular and filamentous green algae.
- Moreover, autopsy studies are perceived as providing suboptimal material due to autolytic changes and they are also hampered by the unavailability, in most instances, of immunofluorescence and electron microscopic studies.
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