lysis

noun
ly·​sis | \ ˈlī-səs How to pronounce lysis (audio) \
plural lyses\ ˈlī-​ˌsēz How to pronounce lyses (audio) \

Definition of lysis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -lysis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : decomposition electrolysis
2 : disintegration : breaking down autolysis

First Known Use of lysis

Noun

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lysis

Noun

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

Noun combining form

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

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lysis

noun
ly·​sis | \ ˈlī-səs How to pronounce lysis (audio) \
plural lyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce lyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of lysis

1 : the gradual decline of a disease process (as fever) — compare crisis sense 1
2 : a process of disintegration or dissolution (as of cells)

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