lysis

noun ly·sis \ ˈlī-səs \

Definition of lysis

plural lyses play \ˈlī-ˌsēz\
1 : the gradual decline of a disease process (such as fever)
2 : a process of disintegration or dissolution (as of cells)

Origin and Etymology of lysis

New Latin, from Greek, act of loosening, dissolution, remission of fever, from lyein to loosen — more at lose


-lysis

noun combining form

Definition of -lysis

plural -lyses
1 : decomposition
  • electrolysis
2 : disintegration : breaking down
  • autolysis

Origin and Etymology of -lysis

New Latin, from Latin & Greek; Latin, loosening, from Greek, from lysis


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lysis

noun ly·sis \ ˈlī-səs \

medical Definition of lysis

plural lyses play \-ˌsēz\
1 : the gradual decline of a disease process (as fever) — compare crisis 1
2 : a process of disintegration or dissolution (as of cells)

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