Apoptosis vs. Cytolysis: What's the Difference?
Apoptosis and Cytolysis Definitions
A natural process of self-destruction by degradative enzymes in certain cells, such as epithelial cells and erythrocytes, that are genetically programmed to have a limited lifespan or are damaged, as by irradiation or toxic drugs. Also called programmed cell death.
The dissolution or destruction of a cell.
A process of programmed cell death by which cells undergo an ordered sequence of events which leads to death of the cell, as occurs during growth and development of the organism, as a part of normal cell aging, or as a response to cellular injury.
The pathological breakdown of a cell due to the bursting of the cell membrane caused by osmosis
A type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival
Pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane