lytic

adjective
lyt·​ic | \ ˈli-tik How to pronounce lytic (audio) \

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

Other Words from lytic

Adjective

lytically \ ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce -lytic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of lytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Working together as a phage cocktail, lytic phages can target and destroy superbugs. B David Zarley, The Verge, 5 July 2019 Additionally, phages can cause different types of infections, typically either lytic or lysogenic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 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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“Lytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lytic. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for lytic

lytic

adjective
lyt·​ic | \ ˈlit-ik How to pronounce lytic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce lytic (audio) \ adverb

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