Definition of autolysin in English:

autolysin

noun

Medicine Bacteriology
  • An autoantibody or other endogenous substance that lyses cells; specifically an enzyme present within a bacterial cell that breaks down components of the cell.

Origin

Early 20th century. From auto- + lysin, after German Autolysin.

Pronunciation

autolysin

/ɔːˈtɒlɪsɪn/