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chromatolysis

[kroh-muh-tol-uh-sis] /ˌkroʊ məˈtɒl ə sɪs/
noun, Cell Biology, Pathology.
1.
the dissolution and disintegration of chromatin.
Origin of chromatolysis
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; chromato- + -lysis
Related forms
chromatolytic
[kruh-mat-l-it-ik, kroh-muh-tl-it-] /krəˌmæt lˈɪt ɪk, ˌkroʊ mə tlˈɪt-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Some of the cells of the anterior horn were swollen and the nuclei eccentric; chromatolysis had occurred in many of them.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for chromatolysis

chromatolysis

/ˌkrəʊməˈtɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
(cytology) the dissolution of stained material, such as chromatin in injured cells
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chromatolysis in Medicine

chromatolysis chro·ma·tol·y·sis (krō'mə-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The disintegration of chromophil substance in a nerve cell body; it may occur after exhaustion of the cell or after damage to its peripheral process. Also called chromolysis.


chro·mat'o·lyt'ic (-māt'l-ĭt'ĭk) adj.
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