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[lit-ik] /ˈlɪt ɪk/
of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin.
Origin of lytic
First recorded in 1885-90, lytic is from the Greek word lytikós able to loosen. See -lyte1, -ic


a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis:
analytic; paralytic.
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  • Third, lytic agents in the blood serum may play the chief rle in the liberation of the toxic agent from its non-toxic combination.

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


relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
of or relating to a lysin
Word Origin
C19: Greek lutikos capable of loosing


combining form
indicating a loosening or dissolving: paralytic
Word Origin
from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis
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Word Origin and History for lytic

"pertaining to lysis," 1889, from Greek lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose). Related: Lytically.


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).

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lytic in Medicine

lytic lyt·ic (lĭt'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or causing lysis.

  2. Of or relating to a lysin.

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

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