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)


  • Having the dough autolyze is kind of annoying when there's a preferment and you're trying a bread recipe for the first time, however, because you don't know exactly how much liquid you're going to be adding.)

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  • It will live on its own stored substance, autolyze.

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  • Leader directs you to mix up the final dough, sans salt and levain, let it autolyze for 20 minutes, then mix in the salt, followed by the liquid levain.

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  • The cancer cells were found to autolyze with curcumin present; the study has been published in The British Journal of Cancer.

  • The dough de facto gets a long autolyze step in the beginning due to the very low concentration of yeast.

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