cy·​to·​ly·​sin ˌsī-tə-ˈlī-sᵊn How to pronounce cytolysin (audio)
: a substance (such as an antibody that lyses bacteria) producing cytolysis

Examples of cytolysin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the researchers identified a cell-destroying toxin called cytolysin produced by select strains of E. faecalis as the likely reason that some patients with alcoholic liver disease had severe symptoms. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cytolysin was in 1901

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“Cytolysin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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cy·​to·​ly·​sin ˌsīt-ᵊl-ˈīs-ᵊn How to pronounce cytolysin (audio)
: a substance (as an antibody that lyses bacteria) producing cytolysis
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