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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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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