What is Autolysis? - Definition & Histology


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If one organism dies in the hot desert while another dies in cold Siberia, what is the likely result in terms of autolysis?

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1. The enzymes that are involved in autolysis are _____, meaning that they are internal cellular enzymes.

2. The changes seen in an organism occur after death, so they are _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See how much you know about self-digestion of cells, including topics like the occurrence of autolysis and internal cellular enzymes. You can use this quiz and worksheet either before or after studying the related lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • When autolysis occurs
  • The enzymes involved in autolysis
  • Changes in an organism after it dies
  • The definition of 'histology'
  • Why artifacts are problematic

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about self-digestion of cells
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the problem with artifacts
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about histology and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Strengthen your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the lesson titled What is Autolysis? - Definition & Histology. Here are a few examples of what the lesson covers:

  • How autolysis is related to forensics
  • The self-destruction of cells
  • What causes artifacts (false lesions)