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autolysis Line breaks: au|toly¦sis
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪs/

Definition of autolysis in English:


[mass noun] Biology
The destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes, especially those released by lysosomes.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ɔːtəˈlɪtɪk/
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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