lytic

adjective
lyt·​ic | \ˈli-tik \

Definition of lytic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to lysis or a lysin also : productive of or effecting lysis (as of cells)

Definition of -lytic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or effecting (such) decomposition hydrolytic

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Adjective

lytically \ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Additionally, phages can cause different types of infections, typically either lytic or lysogenic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Never-before-seen viruses that can kill bacteria stream from women’s bladders," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lytic

Adjective

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lytic

Adjective

Greek lytikos able to loose, from lyein

Adjective suffix

Greek lytikos

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Lythrales

Lythrum

-lytic

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Lyttelton

Lytton

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The first known use of lytic was in 1889

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lytic

adjective
lyt·​ic | \ˈlit-ik \

Medical Definition of lytic 

: of or relating to lysis or a lysin also : productive of or effecting lysis (as of cells) lytic viruses lytic action on cells

Other Words from lytic

lytically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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