Autolysis

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Medical Definition of Autolysis

Autolysis: The enzymatic digestion of cells by enzymes present within them. The cells most susceptible to autolysis tend to be dying or dead cells. Pronounced aw-tol'i-sis.


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Reviewed on 6/14/2012

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