chromatolysis

noun
chro·​ma·​tol·​y·​sis | \ˌkrō-mə-ˈtä-lə-səs \

Definition of chromatolysis 

: the dissolution and breaking up of chromophil material (such as chromatin) of a cell and especially a nerve cell

Other Words from chromatolysis

chromatolytic \ krō-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈli-​tik , krə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of chromatolysis

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chromatolysis

borrowed from French chromatolyse, from chromato- chromato- + -lyse -lysis

Note: Term introduced by the Romanian neurologist Georges Marinesco (Gheorghe Marinescu, 1863-1938), probably first in "Des polynévrites en rapport avec les lésions secondaires et les lésions primitives des cellules nerveuses," Revue neurologique, tome 4 (1896), p. 133.

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chromatolysis

noun
chro·​ma·​tol·​y·​sis | \ˌkrō-mə-ˈtäl-ə-səs \
plural chromatolyses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of chromatolysis 

: the dispersal of Nissl substance in the cell body of a neuron resulting from axonal stress (as that induced by injury or neurodegenerative disease)

Other Words from chromatolysis

chromatolytic \ krō-​ˌmat-​ᵊl-​ˈit-​ik, krə-​ \ adjective

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