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Pronunciation: aw-tol′i-sis


  1. Enzymatic digestion of cells (especially dead or degenerate) by enzymes present within them (autogenous).
  2. Destruction of cells as a result of the presence of a lysin formed in those cells or others in the same organism.

Synonym(s): autocytolysis, autodigestion, isophagy

[auto- + G. lysis, dissolution]

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