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the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self-digestion.
Historical Examples

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.


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