homolysis

noun
ho·​mol·​y·​sis | \ hō-ˈmäl-ə-səs How to pronounce homolysis (audio) \
plural homolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce homolyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of homolysis

: decomposition of a chemical compound into two uncharged atoms or radicals — compare heterolysis sense 2

Other Words from homolysis

homolytic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce homolytic (audio) , ˌhäm-​ə-​ How to pronounce homolytic (audio) \ adjective

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