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a combining form used in the formation of compound words that denote something subjected to a certain process (indicated by a noun ending in -lysis, ):
Origin of -lyte1
< Greek lytós able to be untied or loosened, soluble, verbid of lȳ́ein to loose, dissolve; cognate with Latin luere to loose


variant of -lite. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -lyte


combining form
indicating a substance that can be decomposed or broken down: electrolyte
Word Origin
from Greek lutos soluble, from luein to loose
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-lyte in Medicine

-lyte suff.
A substance that can be decomposed by a specified process: electrolyte.

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