- the dissolution of a cell nucleus.
Origin of karyolysis
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- cytology the disintegration of a cell nucleus, which occurs on death of the cell
C20: from Greek, from karyon a nut + -lysis
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- The dissolution of the nucleus of a cell by swelling or necrosis with the loss of its affinity for staining with basic dyes.
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