photolysis

noun
pho·tol·y·sis | \fō-ˈtä-lə-səs \

Definition of photolysis 

: chemical decomposition by the action of radiant energy (such as light)

Other Words from photolysis

photolytic \ˌfō-tə-ˈli-tik \ adjective
photolytically \ˌfō-tə-ˈli-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of photolysis

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photolysis

New Latin

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photolysis

noun
pho·tol·y·sis | \fō-ˈtäl-ə-səs \
plural photolyses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of photolysis 

: chemical decomposition by the action of radiant energy — compare radiolysis

Other Words from photolysis

photolytic \ˌfōt-ᵊl-ˈit-ik \ adjective
photolytically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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