radiolysis

noun
ra·​di·​ol·​y·​sis | \ ˌrā-dē-ˈä-lə-səs How to pronounce radiolysis (audio) \

Definition of radiolysis

: chemical decomposition by the action of radiation

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radiolytic \ ˌrā-​dē-​ə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce radiolytic (audio) \ adjective

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Radiolysis could also help create food for these aliens. Margi Murphy, Fox News, "Alien life may already exist in our galaxy," 24 May 2017 Lifeforms which have formed through radiolysis can be found closer to home. Margi Murphy, Fox News, "Alien life may already exist in our galaxy," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of radiolysis

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radiolysis

New Latin

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radiolysis

noun
ra·​di·​ol·​y·​sis | \ ˌrād-ē-ˈäl-ə-səs How to pronounce radiolysis (audio) \
plural radiolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce radiolyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of radiolysis

: chemical decomposition by the action of radiation — compare photolysis

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