a natural cytolytic process in which cells disintegrate and other cells nearby use the resulting cell parts
Origin of apoptosisfrom Classical Greek apopt?sis, a falling away from apo-, from + pt?sis, a fall: see ptosis
A natural process of self-destruction by degradative enzymes in certain cells, such as epithelial cells and erythrocytes, that are genetically programmed to have a limited lifespan or are damaged, as by irradiation or toxic drugs. Also called programmed cell death .
(countable and uncountable, plural apoptoses)
From Ancient Greek á¼€Ï€ÏŒÏ€Ï„Ï‰ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (apoptÅsis, “a falling off"), from á¼€Ï€ÏŒ (apo, “away from") + Ï€Ï„á¿¶ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (ptÅsis, “falling").