he·​mo·​ly·​sis | \ hi-ˈmä-lə-səs How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) , ˌhē-mə-ˈlī-səs \

Definition of hemolysis

: lysis of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin

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Other Words from hemolysis

hemolytic \ ˌhē-​mə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hemolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The integrity of red blood cells relies on a host of factors, and G6PD activity is one of them; a deficiency of this red cell enzyme is infamously associated with red cell destruction (hemolysis) if an individual has eaten fava beans. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 23 Oct. 2020 If left untreated, bites can cause hemolysis (rupturing of red blood cells); kidney failure can also occur. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s Ear After She Complains of 'Swooshing' Sound," 26 Aug. 2019 In severe cases, preeclampsia can devolve into HELLP syndrome, which ACOG explains stands for hemolysis (damage to red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes (a sign of liver damage), and low platelet count (cells that help your blood clot). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of hemolysis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemolysis

New Latin

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The first known use of hemolysis was in 1890

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“Hemolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemolysis. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British haemolysis \ hi-​ˈmäl-​ə-​səs How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) , ˌhē-​mə-​ˈlī-​səs How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) \
plural hemolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemolysis

: lysis of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin — see alpha hemolysis, beta hemolysis

Other Words from hemolysis

hemolytic or chiefly British haemolytic \ ˌhē-​mə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce hemolysis (audio) \ adjective

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