the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
The preservatives, ‘Merthiolate’ and formalin, were used in an attempt to inhibit the autolytic action of the enzymes present.
Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae William B. Stallcup
the destruction of cells and tissues of an organism by enzymes produced by the cells themselves
autolysis au·tol·y·sis (ô-tŏl’ĭ-sĭs)
The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism.
Self-destruction of tissues within the living body. Also called autodigestion.
The hemolytic action of blood serum or plasma upon its own cells. Also called autocytolysis.
au’to·lyt’ic (ô’tə-lĭt’ĭk) adj.
- Autolytic enzyme
autolytic enzyme autolytic enzyme n. An enzyme that digests the cell in which it is produced, usually marking the death of the cell.
noun a passion for solitude Word Origin auto ‘self, one’s own’
- Automata theory
noun the formal study of the power of computation of abstract machines automaton
a plural of automaton. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence. something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force. Historical Examples There they stood, automata, representatives of the society […]