from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The destruction of tissues or cells of an organism by the action of substances, such as enzymes, that are produced within the organism. Also called self-digestion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The destruction of an organism's cells by enzymes produced by the organism itself.
- n. The autodigestion of the tissues of an organism.
- n. The autocytolysis of blood cells.
- n. The decomposition of dead yeast cells in wine after fermentation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. lysis of cells or tissues due to enzymatic activity from within the cell, as contrasted with externally induced lysis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Self-dissolution; in physiology, self-digestion; autodigestion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
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There are changes within the tissues that take place, something called autolysis (ph) begins, and bacteria start working on the body from outside and inside.
Dead cells release enzymes that trigger a process called autolysis that digests the embryo from within, and any bacteria in the neighborhood—and there are always bacteria around—descend on the tasty corpse and can turn it into a puddle of goo in almost no time at all.
Through a process called autolysis, the body has the ability to break down and absorb its own tissue.
It is a road novel that puts its plot and characters through a kind of autolysis, eventually collapsing under the violence the story has introduced.
Toasty, bready compounds from yeast autolysis could also influence your perception of nuts.
A lot of the non-dosage Champagnes that I taste really seem to be missing their fruit flavors - all one gets is the soil and the yeast autolysis flavors and aromatics - both of which are intrinsic elements of Champagne, but without the fruit tones, the wines tend to be to my palate really rather austere and unenjoyable to drink.
Lysis, Mr. Klug, autolysis, Marmelzot chirped, devoting a full second to each of the four syllables.
Stimulate a bit of autolysis, just enough to burn all the old damaged cells and diseased tissues.
He felt his stomach rumbling but told himself it wasn't hunger, it was the autolysis kicking in.
Synthesis of nitrous compounds after autolysis of yeasts (Russian), with S.P. Kostychev.