Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 21 Apr 2021

Necrosis (plural: necroses) is defined as unregulated cell death. This is in contrast to apoptosis, which is a form of regulated, or programmed, cell death 1

Necrosis is the most common type of cell death observed in injury/disease. It occurs when cellular damage is so severe that lysosomal enzymes enter the cytoplasm, causing autodigestion of the cell 1

The main types of necrosis are:

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