heterolysis

noun
het·​ero·​ly·​sis | \ ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-lə-səs How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) , -ə-rə-ˈlī-səs \

Definition of heterolysis

: decomposition of a compound into two oppositely charged particles or ions

Other Words from heterolysis

heterolytic \ ˌhe-​tə-​rə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of heterolysis

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterolysis

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“Heterolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterolysis. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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heterolysis

noun
het·​ero·​ly·​sis | \ ˌhet-ə-ˈräl-ə-səs How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) , -ə-rə-ˈlī-səs How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) \
plural heterolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterolysis

1 : destruction by an outside agent specifically : solution (as of a cell) by lysins or enzymes from another source
2 : decomposition of a compound into two oppositely charged particles or ions — compare homolysis

Other Words from heterolysis

heterolytic \ -​lit-​ik How to pronounce heterolysis (audio) \ adjective

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