cy·​to·​ly·​sin | \ ˌsī-tə-ˈlī-sᵊn How to pronounce cytolysin (audio) \

Definition of cytolysin

: 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, "Toxic gut bacteria make alcohol-triggered liver disease more deadly," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cytolysin

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Cytolysin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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Medical Definition of cytolysin

: a substance (as an antibody that lyses bacteria) producing cytolysis

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