lysis

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

Examples of lysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is no shortage of Roche’s lysis buffer solution as of today. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Roche backpedals and agrees to provide a solution for Covid-19 tests in the Netherlands," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of lysis was in 1543

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“Lysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lysis. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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lysis

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