autolysis

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From auto- (self) +‎ -lysis (breakdown).

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autolysis (uncountable)

  1. (pathology, cytology) The destruction of an organism's cells by enzymes produced by the organism itself.
  2. (pathology) The autodigestion of the tissues of an organism.
    Synonym: autodigestion
  3. (pathology) The autocytolysis of blood cells.
  4. (wine) The decomposition of dead yeast cells in wine after fermentation.

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