- a combining form with the meaning “breaking down, loosening, decomposition,” used in the formation of compound words: analysis; electrolysis; paralysis.
Origin of -lysis
From Greek; see origin at lysis
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- indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking downelectrolysis; paralysis
from Greek, from lusis a loosening; see lysis
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Word Origin and History for -lysis
scientific/medical word-forming element meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Greek lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
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- Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration:hydrolysis.
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