Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis:
analytic; paralytic.
Origin of -lytic
See origin at lytic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for -lytic


combining form
indicating a loosening or dissolving: paralytic
Word Origin
from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for -lytic

word-forming element used in making adjectives corresponding to nouns in -lysis, from Greek -lytikos, from lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
-lytic in Medicine

-lytic suff.
Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition: lymphatolytic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for -lytic

Word Value for -lytic

Scrabble Words With Friends