Hemolysis occurring in certain diseases as a result of an autohemolysin.

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au·to·he·mo·ly·sis or chiefly Brit au·to·hae·mo·ly·sis -hi-'mäl-ə-səs, -.hē-mə-'lī-səs n, pl -ly·ses -.sēz hemolysis of red blood cells by factors in the serum of the person from whom the blood is taken

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au·to·he·mol·y·sis (aw″to-he-molґĭ-sis) hemolysis of the blood cells of a person by his own serum. autohemolytic adj

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