noun (1)
apo·​ly·​sis | \ äˈpȯlēˌsēs \

Definition of apolysis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the prayer of dismissal used at the conclusion of a service in the Eastern Church


noun (2)
apol·​y·​sis | \ əˈpäləsə̇s \
plural apolyses\ -​əˌsēz \

Definition of apolysis (Entry 2 of 2)

: the shedding of ripe proglottids during life (as in most tapeworms) — compare anapolysis

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History and Etymology for apolysis

Noun (1)

Late Greek, from Greek, loosening, dismissal, from apolyein to loose from, release, dismiss (from apo- + lyein to loosen, free, destroy) + -sis

Noun (2)

New Latin, from apo- + -lysis

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“Apolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apolysis. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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