Autolyze definition

ôtl-īz
To cause to undergo autolysis.
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To undergo autolysis.
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To affect with or undergo autolysis.
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To undergo or cause to undergo autolysis.
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(biology, said of a cell) To destroy itself: to be destroyed by its own enzymes.
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Origin of autolyze

  • Probably back-formation from autolysis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From auto- +‎ lyze.

    From Wiktionary