the breakdown of proteins, fats and other body components of fish after death caused by the action of enzymes. The rate depends on temperature

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • autolysis — n. 1. lysis of cells or tissues due to enzymatic activity from within the cell, as contrasted with externally induced lysis. Note: Autolysis occurs to tissues of higher animals when they are detached from the organism. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autolysis — [ô täl′ə sis] n. [ AUTO + LYSIS] the destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes, as after death or in some diseases autolytic [ôt΄ə lit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Autolysis — The enzymatic digestion of cells by enzymes present within them. The cells most susceptible to autolysis tend to be dying or dead cells. Pronounced aw tol´i sis. * * * 1. Enzymatic digestion of cells (especially dead or degenerate) by enzymes… …   Medical dictionary

  • autolysis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1902 breakdown of all or part of a cell or tissue by self produced enzymes • autolytic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autolysis — n. [Gr. autos, self; lysis, loosen] The degradation of tissues after death of a cell by the contained autogenous enzymes. autolytic a; see heterolysis …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • autolysis — Spontaneous lysis (rupture) of cells or organelles produced by the release of internal hydrolyic enzymes. Normally associated with the release of lysosomal enzymes …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • autolysis — autolytic /awt l it ik/, adj. /aw tol euh sis/, n. Biochem. the breakdown of plant or animal tissue by the action of enzymes contained in the tissue affected; self digestion. [1900 05; AUTO 1 + LYSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • autolysis — noun a) The destruction of an organisms cells by enzymes produced by the organism itself. b) The autodigestion of the tissues of an organism …   Wiktionary

  • autolysis — n. breakdown of tissue as a result of digestive enzymes present in the tissue (symptom of malnutrition) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autolysis — [ɔ: tɒlɪsɪs] noun Biology the destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes. Derivatives autolytic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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