he·​mo·​ly·​sis hi-ˈmä-lə-səs How to pronounce hemolysis (audio)
: lysis of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin
hemolytic adjective

Examples of hemolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The specialist sent off a half-dozen more tubes of blood, looking for some of the rare causes of hemolysis. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 16 May 2023 Since hemolysis leads to anemia, this told me that destruction of red blood cells was likely the cause of his jaundice. Jonathan Reisman, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2016 Rust urine after intense hand drumming is caused by extracorpuscular hemolysis. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2012 Certain red blood cell abnormalities that make the cells more fragile and prone to hemolysis can be passed down through genetics. Jonathan Reisman, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2016 That’s because the act of running—that repetitive pounding for miles at a time—causes muscle damage and hemolysis, or the destruction of red blood cells. Amanda MacMillan, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2015 Other endurance athletes may also experience hemolysis, Zourdos says, but sports like cycling and swimming aren’t as muscle-lengthening (and muscle-damaging), as running. Amanda MacMillan, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2015 According to the study, hemolysis appears to be the primary cause of space anemia. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 18 Jan. 2022 Trudel and his team found, however, that the hemolysis was a primary response to being in space. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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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 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British haemolysis
plural hemolyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce hemolysis (audio)
: lysis of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin see alpha hemolysis, beta hemolysis
hemolytic adjective
or chiefly British haemolytic

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