bacteriolysis

noun

bac·​te·​ri·​ol·​y·​sis (ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-lə-səs How to pronounce bacteriolysis (audio)
: destruction or dissolution of bacterial cells
bacteriolytic adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacteriolysis was in 1897

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“Bacteriolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteriolysis. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

bacteriolysis

noun
bac·​te·​ri·​ol·​y·​sis (ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈäl-ə-səs How to pronounce bacteriolysis (audio)
plural bacteriolyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce bacteriolysis (audio)
: destruction or dissolution of bacterial cells
bacteriolytic adjective
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