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[lees] /lis/
a river in W Europe, in N France and W Belgium, flowing NE into the Scheldt River at Ghent. 120 miles (195 km) long.


abbreviation, Biochemistry.


a combining form meaning “lysis,” “decomposition,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, lysi-, lyso-.
Compare -lysis, -lyze, -lyte1 .
Origin of lys-
From Greek; See origin at lysis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You do not mean that you are returning to the Lys de France!

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • From my open window I gazed across the street at the Lys de France.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • This is thought to be due to the quality of the water in the Lys River.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • He was told to hold the line of the Lys if he could, but not to risk a big fight.


    John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • The last male Lys in the direct line was gathered to his fathers.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • To think that a member of the House of Lys should come to this!

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I have met Miss Lys at your house, and I knew such a thing to be impossible.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I asked Lys if this were true, and she refused to speak to me for the rest of the week.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • After coffee and cigarettes were served I spoke about Tregunc, and Lys approved.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Lys


combining form
a variant of lyso-
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Lys in Medicine

Lys abbr.

lys- pref.
Variant of lyso-.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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