chromatolysis

noun chro·ma·tol·y·sis \ ˌkrō-mə-ˈtä-lə-səs \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of chromatolysis

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

chromatolytic

play \krō-ˌma-tə-ˈli-tik, krə-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of 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.


Medical Dictionary

chromatolysis

noun chro·ma·tol·y·sis \ ˌkrō-mə-ˈtäl-ə-səs \

medical Definition of chromatolysis

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

chromatolytic

play \krō-ˌmat-ᵊl-ˈit-ik, krə-\ adjective

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