- a combining form occurring in verbs that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: catalyze.
Also especially British, -lyse.
Origin of -lyze
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Word Origin and History for -lyze
word-forming element for making verbs corresponding to nouns in -lysis. Chiefly U.S.; the British preferring -lyse.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cause or undergo lysis:hydrolyze.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.