from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to undergo autolysis.
- intransitive v. To undergo autolysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To destroy itself: to be destroyed by its own enzymes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To undergo or cause to undergo autolytic digestion.
Probably back-formation from autolysis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From auto- + lyze. (Wiktionary)